Police dealing with security alert pelted with petrol bombs and fireworks
PSNI officers dealing with a security alert in Londonderry have been pelted with petrol bombs and fireworks. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/police-dealing-with-security-alert-pelted-with-petrol-bombs-and-fireworks-36465008.html
PSNI officers dealing with a security alert in Londonderry have been pelted with petrol bombs and fireworks. Police, including ammunition technical officers, were in attendance at the scene near the Lecky Road flyover in the Bogside area of the city.
A number of residents were evacuated from their homes during the incident. Chief Inspector Alan Hutton said the suspected device was found to be a hoax.
I would like to thank residents in the area and members of the public for their continued patience while we worked to keep everyone safe,” he said.
However, I would strongly condemn the actions of a small group of people who threw missiles, including petrol bombs and fireworks, at officers whose only motivation is to protect the community they serve.
This small minority of individuals showed a complete disregard for their area and the community who live there, by attacking police this afternoon . Their actions serve no purpose other than to cause harm to our community and lead to criminal convictions for young people.
Thankfully no one was injured and despite these incidents, police will continue to provide the dedicated service to the local community.”
Belfast Telegraph Digital
Las Vegas is bolstering security for New Year’s Eve with snipers, the National Guard, and a hostage rescue team
Some of the casinos along the Las Vegas Strip dim their marquees signs for about 10 minutes Sunday, Oct .
8, 2017, in Las Vegas, to pay tribute to the victims who spent that much time under fire in the Las Vegas shooting on Sunday, Oct .
1. Associated Press/Steve Marcus
- Las Vegas is bolstering its security measures for its New Year’s Eve celebrations on the Strip, which more than 300,000 people are expected to attend.
- The heightened security comes in the wake of a deadly mass shooting three months ago, in which a gunman opened fire on concertgoers from a nearby hotel.
- Las Vegas has received assistance from the Department of Homeland Security, including extra officers, snipers, a hostage rescue team, and helicopters.
Three months after a gunman rained bullets on a country music festival in Las Vegas, the city is preparing for more than 300,000 people to descend on the Strip to celebrate New Year’s Eve and scores of local and federal officers will be there in the hopes of preventing another massacre.
For the first time in the city’s history, the Department of Homeland Security has given Las Vegas’s New Year’s Eve festivities its top special assessment rating, a designation that comes with extra resources like federal officers, intelligence, snipers, an FBI hostage rescue team, and helicopters with tactical security forces, The New York Times reported1.
The October 1 massacre, which killed 58 and left hundreds injured, was the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, and has served as a warning to large cities hosting major public events that could be seen as targets.
In an effort to combat that threat, cities like Las Vegas and New York have bolstered their security plans for New Year’s Eve, when celebrations are expected to draw hundreds of thousands of revelers.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, for instance, said it will deploy every single officer to work a shift between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
“We need to be able to focus on multiple shooters, on one or more above the ground we’ve got to multiply our forces,” Chief Chris Jones told The Times.
He added that more than 5,000 officers will be placed along the Strip, and nearly all of the four miles it comprises will be closed to traffic.
In this Dec .
31, 2015 file photo, police officers gather at the southern end of Times Square to receive their assignments for New Year’s Eve in New York. Associated Press/Seth Wenig
The New York Police Department, too, is sending in rooftop observation teams and counter-snipers into buildings to spot or disarm any high-rise shooters taking aim at the crowds watching the ball drop in Times Square, The Times reported2.
The NYPD, keenly aware of recent terrorist attacks in New York City, are sending out Labrador retrievers that can smell explosive particles on would-be suicide bombers, like the man who partially detonated a makeshift bomb3 in one of the city’s underground passageways earlier this month.
The NYPD is also placing sand trucks around Times Square to prevent vehicle attacks, like the one that killed eight people on Halloween4 after a driver plowed his rented pickup truck down a lower Manhattan bike path.
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said at a press conference Thursday there were no direct, credible threats to the city’s New Year’s Eve events, but the security measures were being tightened regardless.
“Out of an abundance of caution, however, you’ll see a stronger police presence out there than we’ve seen even in recent years,” O’Neill said.
Security for New Year’s Eve celebrations across London has been reviewed, Scotland Yard says. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to celebrate in London on 31 December. They can expect to see armed police on patrol, plus dog units and vehicle barriers, Superintendent Nick Aldworth said. “The policing plan has been developed and reviewed following the tragic incidents that have occurred through the year,” Mr Aldworth said.
“Whilst there is no specific threat to this event, we ask people to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to an officer or event staff.” Around 100,000 ticket-holders to this year’s traditional New Year’s Eve fireworks display will watch the 12-minute spectacle light up the skyline from the bank of the River Thames on Sunday. It will feature a soundtrack dominated by female artists to mark the centenary of women being allowed to vote.
Image: 2016: Security was increased ahead of celebrations
The event is now sold out so Scotland Yard advised people without a ticket to watch “from the comfort and warmth of your home”. A spokeswoman for London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “The safety of Londoners is the mayor’s number one priority. “He and his team are in close contact with the Metropolitan Police, TfL and other key agencies, and we have appropriate plans for security in place. “Of course we encourage everyone coming to the event to be vigilant and to report anything of concern to a steward or police officer.”
London was hit by four major terrorist incidents in 2017, including March’s attack on the palace of Westminster which saw five people including PC Keith Palmer killed, and June’s attack at London Bridge, which left eight people including three terrorists dead. “We will have the right response of officers at the right locations; this will be a mix of overt and covert officers deployed, as well as dogs, and the use of CCTV and automatic number plate recognition,” says Mr Aldworth. “People can expect to see armed officers in the area, and we will be using vehicle barriers across the event area.
“Security is paramount for us, and so we ask for patience and co-operation when getting through the check and search points.” There will also be a strong security presence around Greater Manchester for the New Year’s Eve celebrations. Twenty two people were killed in a bombing at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on 22 May.
Greater Manchester Police told Sky News: “There will be operational work that’s ongoing around Greater Manchester to make sure people feel safe.”