Police Scotland has launched Operation Summer City as the capital gets set for the 70th anniversary of the International and Fringe festivals. It comes after it was announced anti-vehicle barriers will be installed across the city for the first time, in the wake of recent terror attacks in London and Manchester. Other measures planned for this year s festivals include an increased police presence, non-uniform officers, and the opening of the Unofficial Fringe Venue 999 in Princes Street Gardens. Superintendent Lesley Clark said: Come, have fun – it s a wonderful experience, but just think about your safety.
Think about your surroundings and, if you see anything of concern, if you don t think it s right, chances are it s not right . So please let us know and we ll follow that up. The National Barrier Asset (NBA) is in place purely and simply because, as we know this is the 70th anniversary, there will be an increase in the number of tourists.
We can see that already and the festival hasn t even begun. READ MORE1: Anti-terror barriers installed ahead of Edinburgh Festival So it s just a sensible and proportionate way to provide additional security to a crowded place. NBA includes high security gates, portals and barriers which are designed to prevent hostile vehicle attacks on key or busy crowded place locations. Horseback officers as well as dog units are among other increased security measures to be deployed. READ MORE2: Bag checks to be introduced at Edinburgh Festival shows
Police are aiming to concentrate on preventing crime by giving residents and visitors information about travel and where they can get help if they need it. Three command points where the public can access help and advice are located at The Mound, Princes Street Gardens and on the High Street next to the Fringe office. Ms Clark added: Summer City is the Police Scotland response to how we are going to provide additional facilities, additional visibility, to maximise the safety of the public.
We have the training . If we are responding to a major incident, irrespective of where it is, we would muster well and we would be able to deliver a proportionate and appropriate response. For the second year, the force unveiled a mascot for the summer operation, with Amanda the panda being given the honour.
The operation was announced at The Stand Comedy Club, which is one of the festival venues.
Thousands of music fans flocked to see the likes of Fat Boy Slim and Ocean Colour Scene last summer1 and it s sure to be status-quo when Life from Times Square returns to Newcastle for 2017, kicking off with Jake Bugg on Thursday night. Just like last year a stellar and eclectic lineup awaits ticket holders descending on the city centre2 event with the likes of James, Leftfield, The Libertines, Hacienda Classical, Manic Street Preachers and Brian Wilson lined up to entertain. Like many events after May s Manchester terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert, security has been heightened for Live from Times Square with organisers explaining:
Due to the high levels of security risk currently being experienced throughout the UK and mainland Europe we have been working diligently with both the Local Authorities and the Police to ensure as many measures are introduced to protect everyone attending Live From Times Square.
These measures have included hostile vehicle mitigation at both entrance and exit of the site with the placing of concrete barriers surrounding the entry points which will be supplemented by steel shield fencing at the rear of the site for added protection.
We will be carrying out thorough searches of attendees on entry and we appreciate everyone s cooperation on this area .
As such anyone found carrying items such as flares will be dealt with seriously and handed straight over to the Police.
We are also undergoing thorough site and building checks prior to the events to ensure that nothing of a suspicious nature has been left in or around the venue.
So the advice is to allow plenty of time to get in to the Live from Times Square compound before music starts and to co-operate fully with security staff.
Police are appealing for clues after a security guard was stabbed in the leg outside a Cornish supermarket. Officers say she was approached by two men and another woman in Morrisons’ car park near Pool. The attackers reportedly ran off in the direction of a nearby estate, after it happened in broad daylight.
Anyone who saw something at around 1pm the Friday before last is being urged to come forward. A spokesperson from Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Police are investigating an incident at a Morrisons store on Agar Road in Redruth which occurred at approximately 1pm on Friday 14th July.
“A female security guard at the store was approached by a woman and two men in the car park . The woman stabbed the security guard in the leg with a sharp implement.
“The suspect is described as in her 20s, white, approximately 5ft 2ins tall, of a slight build, with shoulder length curly blonde hair and was wearing a blue tracksuit top and jeans.
“The woman and ran off in the direction of the nearby estate”. A spokesperson from Morrisons said: “We will assist police with their enquiries”.
Posting on Pirate FM’s Facebook page, Natalie said: “Poor woman . I hope she recovers and is OK . Sadly it doesn’t matter where you live or how beautiful the area is, there will always be crime”.
Debbie added: “Disgusting human being; what on earth ? I hope the security guard is OK”.
Dianne wrote: “Cornwall didn’t have very much crime when I was growing up .
It’s changed so much down there, heartbreaking to hear about”.
Danny said: “What has happened to our calm and peaceful Cornwall?
Yvonne posted: “What the hell is wrong with some people” and added “all this violence really scares me”.
Mel called it “scary”, Denis has described it as “disgusting” and Debbie added “wishing her well; disgraceful”.
If anyone witnessed or has any information regarding this incident please contact police via firstname.lastname@example.org or on 101 quoting Crime Ref CR/59489/17.
Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
2:01pm 27th July 2017