Security is being increased at concerts in Wales following the terror attacks in Manchester and London. Take That play to a sell-out crowd at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium tonight, with Robbie Williams, Justin Bieber and Coldplay taking to the stage in Cardiff over the next couple of months. Counter terrorism officers have been working with organisers at major venues across the country to ensure safety and security at upcoming events.
Police have also issued advice for concert goers . They say to arrive early to allow time for extra security checks, to be patient with searches, and to help the staff help you – they are there to make sure people are safe. They add it’s important that unnecessary items aren’t taken to the event . A number of things are banned from tonight’s Take That concert, like bottles, including perfume, large bags and umbrellas. There’s also a reminder for everyone to remain vigilant .
Event attendees are being encouraged to report people acting suspiciously and suspect items. There are a number of key music and sporting events in South Wales in the coming weeks which will attract large crowds . We will continue to work with the organisers and review our response to these events depending on the intelligence and information which we receive.
Our priority is to maintain a visible and reassuring presence in our communities and we will continue to provide the response the public would expect in order to keep them safe. People going to these events will see both unarmed and overtly armed officers on patrol and we will also be using tactics which are not obvious to the public but are designed to keep them safe.
Assistant Chief Constable Richard Lewis, South Wales Police
Though the chance of being caught in a terrorism incident is small, the police say, if something does happen, it’s vital to listen to staff and any announcements . Organisers will have emergency plans in place to keep everyone safe.
London s Blackfriars Bridge has become an absolute shambles with thousands of cyclists being forced to squeeze through one lane due to security barriers put in place following recent terror attacks, groups have complained. Photos from the bridge early on Tuesday morning showed long queues as cyclists passed through the barriers, which authorities have been criticised for putting too close together. City Cyclists wrote on Twitter that the barriers on the bridge, which is on the route of Cycle Superhighway 6, are a good idea but they ve made the bus lane unusable + bike highway and footway way over capacity .
It added that cyclists had no issue with the barriers but they need to be done properly . The barriers were also installed at Lambeth, Waterloo and Westminster bridges following the London Bridge terror attack1 that killed seven, on June 3, and the Westminster Bridge attack, on March 22, that resulted in five deaths. Transport for London (Tfl) has been accused of making it safer to cycle on the road again on Blackfriars Bridge and the BBC s Tom Edwards tweeted that they had caused an absolute shambles .
He added: Barriers are put in by the Met with little consultation . City Hall says it is working to improve them short-term & for long term solution. Video from the bridge on Tuesday showed cyclists having to slow down before entering the barriers in single file as TFL officials watched on. Cyclists expressed their frustrations on social media.
One wrote: Four traffic officials needed to man new security barriers on the cycle highway over Blackfriars . People are going to get hurt when it s busier. While another implored London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Tfl to move the barriers further apart. A spokesman for London Cycling Campaign told the Evening Standard2 the barriers had created a real safety risk as they forced riders into quite fast traffic .
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, the spokesperson added. A TfL spokesperson directed HuffPost UK to the Metropolitan Police for comment, but added: The Met has installed barriers to increase security on London s busiest bridges.
We are working with them to ensure that these barriers affect cyclists and pedestrians as little as possible, while ensuring the security of all road users. The spokesperson said he was not aware of any complaints concerning other bridges where security barriers were put in place.
The Metropolitan Police have been contacted for comment but are yet to respond. Police, TfL, and council officials have faced serious questions over why barriers were not installed immediately after the terror attack in Westminster that saw Khalid Masood plough into four pedestrians before stabbing a police officer to death. The method of attack was replicated on June 3 on London Bridge, before the three attackers then stabbed people in nearby Borough Market.
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Ticket holders have been told to pack light as extra bag and vehicle searches will be will be carried out as they enter the Somerset site later this month. Concern over queues being longer than usual ahead of the popular festival as a result of the additional checks has led organisers to issue a warning. Last year, thousands of people were stuck in their cars for up to 21 hours as they tried to reach the event after heavy rain and a four-car pile-up sparked traffic mayhem.
Traffic queues on the A361 as festival goers struggle to reach the Glastonbury Festival last year (Getty Images)
Amid fears the chaos on the roads will repeat itself, organisers have urged those attending to only bring as much as you can carry yourself to help ease congestion. In statement, a Glastonbury Festival spokesman said: For security reasons, all ticket holders will be subject to extra searches of their vehicles, their bags and their person at this year s festival.
This will make entrance slower than in previous years . Please be patient if there are queues, and please cooperate with any security requests and all searches.
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We do appreciate that you re going to be staying on the farm for several days, but the less you bring, the quicker you ll get through the gates.
As a general rule, we would ask you to only bring as much as you can carry yourself . It really will make things quicker. Data compiled by a satnav company has provided an insight in when the longest queues are to be expected for drivers heading to the well-loved event.
It is predicted that 44 per cent of people will arrive on the first official day, with 9pm to midnight on Wednesday, June 21 being the most congested, according to the figures. Based on 2016 driving data from satnav app Waze, more than 10 per cent of drives are likely to be made before the event officially begins. The researchers added that 25 per cent of attendees will miss day one – and the worst of the traffic.
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According to Glastonbury organisers, security queues into the event will be at their longest on the Wednesday. It has been recommended that drivers arrive on Thursday or Friday when wait times and car park tailbacks are likely to be considerably smaller. Travellers are being told to put luggage tags on all bags and belongings with their name and mobile number .
And organisers have advised not to wrap bags in plastic wrap. The festival s statement added: There will be plenty of staff and police around, so if you have any queries or concerns, please don t hesitate to speak to them. The ramped up security comes after three terror attacks on the UK this year, in Westminster, Manchester Arena and on London Bridge.