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”.
Image: Rock am Ring in Germany was evacuated by police
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 Wight. 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.
Image: Manchester bomber Salman Abedi targeted people leaving an Ariana Grande concert
“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.
Theresa May has relaunched the Conservative s general election campaign after a six-day break in activity following the Manchester attack. Addressing Tory activists at a school hall in Twickenham, south west London, the Prime Minister condemned the appalling depravity of a cowardly and callous killer after Salman Abedi to blew himself up outside an Ariana Grande concert killing 23 and injuring dozens more. Defending the decision to resume campaigning, she said: “It is right that we carry on with our life and that we don t allow the terrorists to disrupt our way of life . And so I m coming back into the election campaign.
Ms May was pressed by journalists on her record on security matters during her time as Home Secretary, when policing budgets were cut and a number of security service staff were made redundant. It has also been revealed that temporary exclusion orders, introduced by Ms May in 2015, make it easier to block potential British terrorists from returning to the UK, but have been used on just one occasion. Defending her record, she said: Let s just look at what I did when I was Home Secretary for six years . First of all I excluded more hate preachers from coming to this country than any home secretary ever has .
There were one or two who I booted out of the country as well.
When I was Home Secretary we actually gave the police extra powers . We put through major legislation the Investigatory Powers Act to ensure that our police and security services have what they need to do the job they do on a day-to-day basis.
In contrast, Jeremy Corbyn has voted against and opposed every single piece of anti-terror legislation in his time in Parliament . That s the contrast: I m willing to stand up for our national security and do what is necessary in the British interest . He s not. Ms May s speech marked a clear return to the Conservatives core campaign messages, with the Prime Minister contrasting her strong and stable leadership with what she claimed was the prospect of a coalition of chaos led by Jeremy Corbyn and including the Liberal Democrats and Scottish National Party (SNP).
If you can t lead your own party, how can you possible lead the country through this very important, historical moment ?
she said of Mr Corbyn. The Prime Minister also attacked the Labour leader s shadow cabinet allies, claiming John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor, is a Marxist who had to google the deficit and believes in abolishing MI5 and that Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, who struggled to explain the costs of her party s policing policy earlier in the campaign, can t add up . Ms May repeatedly claimed only she has a clear plan for Brexit and beyond .
Brexit isn t just a process, Brexit is an opportunity , she said, promising to cut immigration, lead the world in fighting terrorism, build more affordable homes, raise wages and introduce better protections for workers.
It s about standing up and dealing with the burning injustices that we see in this country because those injustices remain a scar on the soul of our nation , she said.
The Prime Minister confirmed that Brexit negotiations with the EU will begin on 19th June eleven days after polling day.
There won t be any putting it off; it won t be possible to stall it , she said . The Europeans are ready, that s the timetable that s been set. General Election polls and projections: May 29
In response to a Daily Mail journalist suggesting she was a glumbucket and was not enjoying the campaign, the Prime Minister insisted she was optimistic about what can achieve for this country.
She said: This is a crucial election and there is a very clear choice for people when they come to that poll on June 8, and it is that choice between a coalition of chaos led by Jeremy Corbyn and the strong and stable leadership of me and my team, going forward with not just a plan for Brexit but a clear vision for a better, stronger, more prosperous Britain in the future.”
While the Prime Minister s speech was a return to her core campaign slogans, there was a noticeable shift in the messages displayed on banners held up by activists standing behind Ms May.
While Conservative Party branding had been all but removed and replaced with Ms May s name on earlier campaign materials, the placards used in Twickenham read Vote Conservative and The Best Brexit Deal – a reflection of the fact that, polls suggest, the Prime Minister has become less popular over the course of the campaign, while support for Mr Corbyn has grown.
Manchester attack: Met Police step up patrols as security increased at London venues after terror attack
A suicide bomber set off a device near the foyer of the Manchester Arena as revellers left an Ariana Grande concert. The O2 has also upped security at its upcoming concerts, where the US star had been due to perform . Her spokesperson has said it is “highly unlikely” she will play the gigs. Extra armed officers will also be in place at the Aviva Premiership rugby final at Twickenham and the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday.
Terrorist group Isis has since taken responsibility for the Manchester attack.4
In a statement, Ms Dick praised officers in Manchester for their bravery and pledged to up security. She said: This is an utterly appalling attack . My thoughts are with the people of Manchester as they try to come to terms with the horrific events that took place in their city last night.
Here in the capital we put extra police officers on duty as Londoners started their journeys into work . This will continue for as long as it is needed, and the mix of armed and unarmed officers are there to reassure.
Looking ahead to the weekend – a normal busy and vibrant weekend in our city – we are working with all those planning events to make sure we are doing all we can.
Police statement: Children among 22 dead in Manchester terror attack
A 23-year-old man was arrested by armed police in Manchester in connection with the bombing on Tuesday.
Commander Jane Connors, said: “Here in London we are determined to do all we can to protect the capital.
“That means that over the coming days as you go to a music venue, go shopping, travel to work or head off to the fantastic sporting events you will see more officers – including armed officers.
Police at the scene the day after 22 people were killed in a suicide attack in Manchester (PA)
“We are used to delivering policing operations that seek to mitigate against the severe threat we face from terrorists.”
Speaking outside Downing Street, Prime Minister Theresa May said it was beyond doubt that the city was the victim of a callous terrorist attack . In November 2015, terrorist gunmen killed 89 people when they attacked the Bataclan theatre in Paris, leading to music venues across the capital to increase security. The O2 arena warned visitors to expect enhanced security checks at upcoming gigs and promised to update whether Ariana Grande s two gigs will take place.
A spokesman said: We are shocked and deeply saddened by the terrible tragedy in Manchester . Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected and their families.
Anyone visiting The O2 should allow extra time for enhanced security checks. A spokesman Live Nation, which runs London s three O2 academies, said: We are deeply saddened by this senseless tragedy and our hearts and thoughts are with those impacted by this devastating incident.
Marcus Davey, chief executive at Camden’s Roundhouse said: ” The safety of audiences is our utmost priority and we re in constant communication with local police and with our security contractors but cannot share details of our processes publicly.
“Our events and gigs are still going ahead as planned but we would advise people not to bring bags unless necessary and to allow plenty of time for security checks. In June, artists from across the world will descend on Hyde Park for the British Summer Time festival. A spokeswoman said: “The safety of our customers is of the utmost importance .
We work closely with the Metropolitan Police and all relevant authorities to ensure we have an appropriate security plan in place to protect public safety.
“Our thoughts are with those affected by the tragic incident in Manchester.”