Last Updated: 23/05/17 2:27pm
Wembley will have enhanced security for Saturday’s FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea
The Football Association says “enhanced security” will be in place at the FA Cup final in the wake of Monday’s Manchester attack. A terrorist attack at the end of a concert at the Manchester Arena on Monday night left 22 people dead and 59 injured. And sporting organisations including the FA, the EFL and the International Cricket Council have sought to reassure supporters due to attend upcoming games. The victims of the attack will be remembered at Saturday’s final between Arsenal and Chelsea, and fans have been told to expect extra security checks at Wembley.
“Fan safety is of paramount importance and we have robust security measures in place at Wembley Stadium,” an FA statement read. “In collaboration with the Metropolitan Police and the local authorities there will be an enhanced security operation for all upcoming events. “All supporters are encouraged to arrive for events at Wembley Stadium as early as possible for security checks and to avoid any delays in entering the stadium.”
Wembley also hosts the League Two and Championship play-off finals on Sunday and Monday, and an EFL statement read: “Whilst there have been no specific threats in this country, our Security Advisor will be liaising with Wembley Stadium, the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) and the Metropolitan Police to ensure the arrangements in place provide a safe and secure environment for all supporters attending this weekend’s play-off matches. “The safety of fans remains our highest priority . The EFL takes security issues extremely seriously and we would urge all supporters planning to be at Wembley Stadium to be vigilant of their surroundings at all times, stay alert and not be alarmed.”
Manchester United held a minute’s silence for the victims and those injured in the Manchester attacks
Manchester United held a minute’s silence for the victims as they prepared to fly out for Wednesday’s Europa League final in Stockholm, where stringent security measures are in place1. The ICC, meanwhile, says security is the “highest priority” ahead of its Champions Trophy and Women’s World Cup tournaments in England. “We operate on advice from our Tournament Security Directorate – in conjunction with the ECB and relevant authorities – to ensure that we have a robust safety and security plan for both tournaments,” a statement read. “We will continue to work with authorities over the coming hours and days and review our security in line with the threat levels.
“The security situation has been very much front and centre of our preparations and we constantly review our procedures to guarantee they are as effective as possible to keep everyone safe.”
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.”
Music fans have criticised security at the Manchester Arena following an explosion killed at least 22 people and injured dozens more. Ariana Grande fans were making their way out of the venue after the concert when a lone male suicide bomber detonated a blast at around 10.30pm, police have said. Witnesses described seeing smoke and smelling burning in the foyer area of the arena, while others reported glass, metal nuts and nails on the floor.
Thousands of people were forced to flee the arena after the blast was triggered.
Since the attack, fans have been tweeting about the security at the venue, with some claiming that it was possible for anyone to “walk in with things under a coat”, and others saying their bags were not checked. A Czech woman who was at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester says that there was almost no security check, rather zero . They let us get in without any check if we have anything with us. Nikola Trochtova told the Czech public radio that the only thing they were interested in was if we had any bottles of water with us . They almost didn’t check our bags, they didn’t take a look”, AP reports.
She says she was leaving the venue when she heard an explosion at the entrance, but only learned about what had happened after returning to her hotel. One woman tweeted: “The last 3 times I’ve seen a show at Manchester Arena they didn’t check my bag even though I had a backpack on.”
“For One Direction, they just kind of jiggled my bag, ‘feeling’ if there was anything harmful . Had a 1L bottle of Lucozade, didn’t open my bag.
“Didn’t even check my bag at all for Little Mix nor 5SOS, despite my bag being full and quite heavy.”
Another person wrote: “Being there at the concert in Manchester, I’m not surprised someone was able to take something into the arena . Security was horrendous.
“Only a bag check, no metal scanners or pat downs for anyone entering through the Manchester Victoria entrance of the arena.”
The Victoria entrance was where the blast occurred, in the foyer area between the arena and Victoria station next door to the venue . It is unclear whether security were present in that area of the venue.
The Independent has contacted Manchester Arena and ShowSec, a security company listed as an official supplier of the venue on its website, for comment