Armed cops surround Celtic’s Lisbon Lions bash as security is ramped up at Glasgow’s Hydro in wake of Manchester …
RING OF STEEL
Thousands of Hoops fans faced massive queues and full body searches before the event kicked off as gun-toting cops guarded the entrances
A RING of steel was thrown around Celtic s Lisbon Lions 50th anniversary bash celebrations after a security clampdown at the Glasgow Hydro venue. Rocker Sir Rod Stewart and Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson are headlining the glitzy event1 held in honour of the first British team to win the European cup.
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Armed officers around the arena ahead of the show
Thousands of Hoops fans faced massive queues before the event kicked off at the sold-out 13,000 capacity arena as gun-toting cops guarded the entrances. The extra security was drafted in after the Manchester terror bombing2 that claimed the life of Scot Eilidh MacLeod, 14, 3and left several others injured, some of them seriously.
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Fans turning up at the bash faced having full body searches as security staff remained on high alert. However, Hoops supporters didn t seem to mind as many praised venue bosses for tightening security following the blast horror. Hoops fan Paul MacArthur, 50, said: There wasn t really many folk moaning about it the queue moved quite quickly.
There were a few grumbles from one or two people but I think that would have been totally different a few days ago.
One woman next to me in the queue said she would happily go through several security checks because she was so nervous about coming along after what happened in Manchester.
There wasn t a lot of negativity about it . People expected it.
What happened in Manchester is still so fresh and a lot of people were worried about coming to this event at the Hydro . It s one of the first high-profile concerts anywhere in Britain since the attack.
Fair play to the Hydro they got things moving quickly.
He added: It was surprising to see men and women being split into separate queues so they could be patted down by a member of staff of the same sex.
When we turned up and saw the queue we thought we were going to be in it for ages but there wasn t a huge delay . We never really stopped walking.
We got an earlier train than planned and we re glad we did because there was still loads of people behind us.
We were probably in the queue for 20 minutes . It could have been worse it could have been raining.
Rod Stewart is set to play the Hydro bash tonight
The sun was out and lots of folk were singing so the atmosphere was great. We told how security is under urgent review across Scotland4 after 22 people were killed and 59 left injured in the bomb blast at the Ariana Grande gig.
A spokesperson for the Scottish Event Campus said: The Scottish Event Campus is entering a very busy period with events in The SSE Hydro, The Armadillo and the SEC Centre over the next few days.
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Emergency crews at the scene of the terror attack in Manchester
The safety of the public attending events on our Campus is paramount.
We have been liaising with the appropriate authorities including Police Scotland.
Security measures at the Campus have been enhanced including carrying out bag searches and full body searches.
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Armed police have been deployed across Scotland in light of the bomb blast
Only small bags (35cm x 40cm) will be permitted into The SSE Hydro and The Armadillo.
Larger bags may be checked into the cloakroom in the SEC Centre and will be searched. They continued: At certain times, ticket checks will take place at entry points to the Campus with some access routes (such as the walkway to the station) restricted to ticket holders only.
These arrangements will mean that entry to the venues will take longer and therefore we would strongly encourage visitors to arrive early to allow time for access to the events. The move follows in the footsteps of other music venues in Scotland who have also increased security including Glasgow s O2 Academy.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers2 will have increased security for Monday night’s Game 2 matchup against the Indiana Pacers3 with the “Facebook killer” still at large, according to Kevin Johnson4 of USA Today.
“People probably won’t notice anything different, but for every one uniformed officer there will probably be three (plainclothes officers) roaming through the crowd to look for anything unusual,” said Stephen Loomis, the president of the Cleveland police union.
“We have all the usual security plans in place for the Cavs game and above that,” Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams added. “Everybody will be safe coming to the Cavs game.”
Steve Stephens, the alleged Facebook killer, is the subject of a national manhunt after he uploaded a video to Facebook that showed Robert Godwin Sr . being shot in the head and killed in Cleveland on Sunday afternoon, according to Emily Shapiro5 of ABC News.
Stephens claimed to have committed additional murders, according to police, though no other victims have been found . He is being pursued on the charge of aggravated murder.
The Cavaliers and Pacers are set to play at Quicken Loans Arena on Monday night at 7 p.m .
ET in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series .
The Cavaliers won Game 1, 109-108.
In the context of heightened terror threat in the last few weeks and football coming directly in the firing line when the Borussia Dortmund team bus was attacked six days ago, fans can have few complaints with greater security outside stadiums to ensure their protection.
Manchester City were recently criticised after increased security measures at the Etihad Stadium have left fans queuing outside on numerous occasions, but the price to pay for safety can never be too much.
And it is because of that video footage of a security guard conducting what can only be described as less than thorough searches on people outside White Hart Lane before Tottenham’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth has gone viral.
In the video posted online by Twitter user Colin Rowland that has been retweeted by 8,800 others at the time of writing, a guard is seen barely even making contact with numerous fans as he conducts a very brief version of the usual pat down procedure.
That’s not to suggest there should be rigorous and invasive frisking of every supporter who enters every football stadium, but it would have incredibly easy for any one of those people to conceal a dangerous item and smuggle it into the stadium.
In a world where literally anyone could be a terrorist wishing to inflict damage and hurt on their fellow humans, it would be comforting to know that security and safety is being taken as seriously as possible.