Visitors will only be able to get into the Queen Square event at three checkpoints and all bags will be searched. DJ Dicky Dodd will open the event at midday with family fun for the afternoon and then the live gigs, including Toploader, The Hoosiers, Lucy Spraggan, Kevin Simm and Pacific will take place from 6pm. Last year, visitors and shoppers could mill around Queen Square, but this year the area for the free event will be restricted.
People will only be able to access the site of the performances from three main entrances – on Dudley Street, Exchange Street and Lichfield Street. Each entrance will be manned by security staff and everyone will have their bag inspected before being allowed in. The site of the event will be thoroughly searched ahead of final set-up preparations being put in place.
Traffic restrictions also started at 8am today. Restrictions are due to be in place along Darlington Street at the junction of Waterloo Road, and along Lichfield Street from outside the Art Gallery to the junction of Princes Square. The organisers have also been working with the police who are carrying out patrols.
Cherry Shine, event manager, said: “We have changed the measures we had originally put in place after what happened in Manchester.
“Last year, at the 1980s fun fest event, we had enabled a free-flow of people throughout the centre throughout the day.
“Now, the flow of people will be controlled all day through the three entrances which will be manned by security staff.
“Our priority throughout the day is making sure people feel safe and secure and enjoy everything that Wolverhampton has to offer.”
The drinking of alcohol will be allowed in the site, though people attending must decant their booze into plastic cups provided by the organisers. A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), which allows police to seize alcohol from people, in Queen Square will be lifted for the event. Cherry Shine said: “People will be able to bring in a reasonable amount of alcohol . No glass bottles will be allowed in . People will have to decant their alcohol into the plastic cups we will provide in order to be allowed in.
“By providing the plastic cups it limits the amount that people can bring in – I don’t know many people that can carry more than two plastic cups at a time.
“The PSPO is aimed at reducing street drinking to tackle anti-social behaviour .
This is an event that encourages people to come along and enjoy Wolverhampton . The focus is not on the alcohol . Every major city across the UK has events such . By working with the police and introducing these controls, we will avoid any problems.”
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “Armed response will not be policing the event.
“There will be an extra policing presence as it s a public event and staffed by local neighbourhood teams.”
Councillor Mike Hardacre, Labour councillor for Park ward, which is also covered by the PSPO said: “We want people to enjoy themselves and providing the necessary measures are put in place and it is properly stewarded then this decision to allow people to drink in the city centre does not seem unreasonable.”
Speaking about the enhance security measures, Councillor Hardacre continued: “It is very clear in my mind that security needs to be enhanced until the national security picture becomes clearer.
“It is only correct therefore that the local authority and other relevant authorities are taking these new measures that though not overly obtrusive, will better ensure that people can enjoy themselves safely and securely.”
The Civic Centre car park will be open from Wulfruna Street only and will have extended opening hours until 11pm . So will the NCP car parks in the city.
Police and security services believe they know the identity of the man behind the Manchester suicide bombing. Speaking outside Downing Street after chairing a meeting of the Government’s emergency COBRA committee, the Prime Minister Theresa May said authorities are working to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a group. She said the blast at Manchester Arena, which left 22 people dead1, was “among the worst terrorism we have experienced in the United Kingdom” and that the city had fallen victim to a “callous terrorist attack”. :: Live updates: 23-year-old man arrested after Manchester suicide bombing2
The target was a pop concert, the audience was a mixture of teenagers, many of them young girls, all out for a fun and innocent evening . Some were young enough to need chaperoning by parents or grandparents. If this does turn out to be an Islamist-inspired attack, the attacker has deliberately targeted everything his warped beliefs hate in a Western society. He has also demonstrated a deadly competence – he blew himself up as the high-spirited crowd streamed out of the arena after the concert .
The timing, and location of the explosion – just outside the main arena itself – suggests planning and shows he probably carried out a recce. The singer Ariana Grande is world-famous . She has more than 45 million followers on Twitter . Another basic but twisted way of guaranteeing this attack will resonate far. :: What we know so far3 The morning after the attack, a number of things will be happening simultaneously and with urgency. In Manchester, counterterrorism police from North West Command will be carrying out forensic work at the scene of the explosion.
They will try and find bomb-making signatures that might give a clue as to who was behind this attack. They will look for certain chemicals, such as triacetone triperoxide (TATP). :: Witness: ‘It was absolute carnage’4
TATP has been used by terrorists around the world, it is a favoured compound of Islamic State and it is relatively straightforward to make, but it is extremely unstable and lethal. It has been confirmed that the attacker died on the scene – this tells us that something is left of his body. That will be important in identifying him, either facially, through fingerprints, dental records or DNA. Once the security services are confident they have the right man, databases will be scoured . Was the attacker known to the security services ? Does he have known associates? His home will be searched .
So too the homes of any close relatives or friends. People might be detained, questioned and then released . Computers will be taken away and their contents and internet history studied. GCHQ will be looking for a digital trail and if necessary MI6 will speak to foreign partners to build a picture of who this man was and who he knew. Was he acting alone, a so-called lone-wolf (unlikely with this nature of attack), did he have supporters helping him in the UK, was he being remotely ‘directed’ by a centralised body (for example IS leadership in Raqqa)? These are all questions which will have been asked by the Prime Minister as she chaired the COBRA meeting. The most pressing questions of all though – was this part of a network and should the UK prepare for a secondary attack?
COBRA (the dramatic acronym for the mundane Cabinet Office Briefing Room) is attended by key members of Government, including the home and defence secretaries, the heads of the UK’s intelligence agencies and other relevant figures. The Foreign Secretary is in Brussels so wouldn’t have been there in person but could have dialled in, if necessary. The decision to raise the national threat level is one for JTAC – the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre. It sits inside MI5’s headquarters on the banks of the River Thames, and acts independent from government although with input from government officials. The threat level is currently set at “severe”, one from the top . It means an attack is highly likely. If JTAC assesses that another attack is under way or imminent, it will raise that level to the highest – “critical”.
The security services have been warning that London isn’t the only target of terrorists wishing to attack the UK. Many smaller cities might be less prepared for an incident like this, but not Manchester. MI5 has a regional base in Bury, just on the outer edges of the city.
The police armed response unit is highly trained and on the scene within minutes of the attack. Now and in the coming days, armed police will patrol Manchester city centre, partly for reassurance, partly for increased security. And then there are 22 families, the morning after, at home, mourning the death of loved ones.
“The death of these children will remain with us forever,” a member of the city council told Sky News.
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