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Glastonbury revellers urged to be patient amid raised security checks

Festival goers are being asked to “be patient” as they contend with heightened security checks to get into Glastonbury. Extra car and bag searches mean getting on the site is likely to be a slow process for the thousands of ticket holders hoping to set up camp early. Avon and Somerset Police say there is “no intelligence” to suggest a specific threat to the festival. However, in the wake of the terror attacks in London and Manchester, increased security measures have been introduced. Assistant Chief Constable Caroline Peters says the policing style “may look and feel slightly different” but, like the rest of the UK, “festival-goers should be alert but not alarmed”. High visibility officers are going to be present throughout the festival, mostly for reassurance. “Police officers, they’re going to be wearing black shirts, they’re going to be wearing protective vests and body cameras – but that’s no different to any day to day patrol,” she added.

After the suicide attack on Manchester Arena, security at major music events has been a lot more visible. Armed police protected rockers at the Download Festival and the Isle of White. In Germany, thousands of people had to be evacuated from a rock festival when police received a credible terror threat. John Gearson, Professor of National Security Studies at King’s College, says police face a challenge; how best to deter copycats without making the public feel alarmed. “The difficult question, I think, for the police and for the organisers is how far an armed police presence will be appropriate and needed to deter people who might want to carry out armed attacks. “We are going to control it and contain it, but in the current climate people have to accept that there is a greater risk, let’s say a residual danger, than there was in previous years.

“People who think they’ve got nothing to do with politics will find they are the target of some of these terrible violent acts.” Festival goers have been asked to play their part in keeping Glastonbury safe and secure. Ticket-holders have been told to pack light, place luggage tags or ID on all bags and belongings including their name and mobile number. Queues getting into Glastonbury are nothing new . It is, after all, the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. This time last year, on the Wednesday before the festival, congestion on the roads caused traffic jams that some claimed lasted almost 11 hours.

The reason then was simple: mud .

Flash floods meant poor conditions for driving onto the site.

Cyclists complain Blackfriars Bridge security barriers causing ‘chaos …

Cyclists have complained of chaos after barriers were installed on Blackfriars Bridge1 to protect pedestrians from car ramming following two London terror attacks. The congestion caused by the barriers was described as dangerous on social media as campaigners spoke of serious safety concerns amid increased security measures across the capital. Fences have already been erected on Westminster Bridge,2 where a terror attack in March left five people dead, as well as on Waterloo and Lambeth bridges.

And on Thursday morning commuters were pictured crossing Blackfriars Bridge, which is on the route of Cycle Superhighway 6, with the sturdy-looking new structures in place. A spokesman for London Cycling Campaign spoke of the real safety risk as he said cyclists were being forced into often quite fast traffic as a result of the barriers. He told the Standard3: These barriers had to go up very fast indeed .

We hope that something can be done to modify or change them to provide security and not make things worse for cyclists. A photo on social media taken on Thursday morning showed a throng of cyclists moving close together as they crossed the bridge. The LCC group said in a statement: London Cycling Campaign is fully supportive of the Met, TfL and the boroughs involved in taking urgent steps to provide extra protection for Londoners and visitors to our city.

“It is also important that we do not allow this attack to impede people going about their business, including being able to cycle safely around the city.

We will be talking to all relevant bodies about how measures, such as the new barriers on the bridges, can provide the extra security needed as well as allow people, especially London s large number of cycling commuters, to continue to cycle safely with minimal disruption.

It came as the Met Police said they were reviewing the security of all 33 bridges in London. They said in a statement: Since the night of Sunday, June 4 we have had protective barriers installed at Westminster Bridge.

We are in the process of having barriers installed on Waterloo Bridge and Lambeth Bridge to maintain security at these venues.

We recognise the public is anxious about security following the terrorist attacks in London, and we want to reassure them that we are taking precautions to make the capital a safe place for people to live, work and visit.

Barriers have already been introduced on Westminster Bridge (Alex Lentati)

A spokesman added that the bridges are designed specifically for hostile vehicle mitigation and are being considered at locations across London. He added the force would not be commenting further at this time.

Police, TfL, and council officials have faced serious questions over why barriers were not installed immediately4 after the terror attack in Westminster. Khalid Masood killed four pedestrians and injured about 50 others on March 22 as he ploughed into people in a grey Hyundai while they walked on Westminster Bridge. On Saturday night, London saw another vehicle-knife attack that left seven dead and 21 in critical conditions after a white van swerved down the wrong side of London Bridge, mowing down terrified pedestrians before the three attackers began stabbing passersby.


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