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Champions Trophy to continue under “enhanced security” following London attack

The Champions Trophy will continue under significantly enhanced security following the terror attack which killed at least seven people and injured many more in central London. The International Cricket Council released a statement on Sunday morning in which it confirmed security is very much front and centre of our preparations as the global tournament continues over the next two weeks. The measures which were put in place after last week s attack in Manchester therefore remain in place, including enhanced security at Sunday s high-profile match between India and Pakistan at Edgbaston.

A minute s silence took place before that fixture, in memory of those who lost their lives or were injured on Saturday night, and shortly afterwards the ICC began its statement by remembering the victims.

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by what has happened in London overnight, it read.

The ICC and ECB England and Wales Cricket Board continue to place safety and security at the ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Women s World Cup this summer as the highest priority. Swift measures were immediately taken to ensure the safety of competing teams around the country. The statement added: Following last night s incident all team hotels went into lockdown and teams, match officials and staff were all quickly accounted for.

The enhanced security around venues implemented following the Manchester attack remains in place, and this includes significantly enhanced police and security presence for today s match.

The next teams in action will be Australia and Bangladesh at The Oval on Monday, and they were both set to practise on Sunday at the venue which is in close proximity to the attacks at London Bridge and Borough Market. The ICC added: We operate on advice from our tournament security directorate in conjunction with the ECB and relevant police and security authorities to ensure that we can deliver a safe and secure event.

We will continue to work with authorities over the coming hours and days and review our security in line with the threat levels.

The security situation has been very much front and centre of our preparations, and we constantly review our procedures to guarantee they are as effective as possible to keep everyone safe.

We do not disclose our security details as a matter of policy. Hosts England were travelling to Cardiff on Sunday morning, and will train there later in preparation for their second match of the tournament against New Zealand on Tuesday.

New Zealand are also on their way to Wales, and a team spokesman said: We have taken advice from the ICC and the assistance they have put in place from a security point of view and we will continue to do that. Australia have described themselves as comfortable with the security provided although they will continue to monitor the situation . Steve Smith s team travelled from Birmingham to London after their opening match finished in a rainy no-result against New Zealand two days ago.

A Cricket Australia spokesman said: As with the rest of the world, the Australian team is shocked and saddened at the events that have occurred in London overnight and our thoughts are with those directly involved and their loved ones.

The team, support staff and travelling contingent have been accounted for .

Our security team is working closely with the ICC and LOC to ensure the safety and security of our players and support staff is paramount.

At this stage we are comfortable with the level of security being provided to us and will continue to monitor the situation.

Staffordshire County Show opens with increased security and a surge of eager visitors

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SECURITY has been tightened at this year’s Staffordshire County Show but funseekers have flocked there in their thousands to soak up an action-packed two days in the sun. The two-day rural celebration at Staffordshire County Showground, near Stafford, opened its gates today to visitors from across the country and many showed up earlier than in previous years to make the most of the good weather and the many shows within the main event. Show organisers from Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society have worked with Staffordshire Police to increase security measures in the wake of last week’s bombing in Manchester and the 100 acre showground is covered by more than 40 CCTV cameras. The national security threat was raised to critical following the attack at Manchester Arena, but lowered to severe earlier this week, and police presence was stepped up at Staffordshire tourist attractions including Trentham Gardens. Staffordshire County Showground chief executive Richard Williams said: “We have put on extra security and bag checks on arrival at the showground . We have metal detectors that are being used as well, extra foot patrols by uniformed police and sniffer dogs. “On top of that we have our own security patrols .

The police have been very supportive and I think the show is as safe as it can be.” The events of last week failed to deter families from turning up in force for the show’s first day however . The show, in its 217th year, coincides with the half term school holiday and is packed with activities for visitors of all ages, from woodland crafts and animal encounters to a traditional Punch and Judy show and thrilling stunts in the main ring from the Bolddog Lings motorcycle display team. The half term break also enabled St Joseph’s College pupil Dan Weaver, 15, from Stone, to exhibit Holstein calves at the show with friend Joel Dart, 16, also from Stone. The Weaver family, of Aston Pool Farm, have taken part in a first for the show video cattle judging . The move was introduced in some cattle classes this year to enable farmers who may be otherwise unable to attend for reasons such as staffing or TB movement restrictions to showcase their animals. In total 35 animals were videoed on their farms ahead of today’s judging and the footage was broadcast in one of the livestock rings. Dan said: “I watched a bit of the video footage and it was good to see quite a few people who have never shown here before, hopefully it will encourage them to come to the show.” Another return visitor to the County Show was John Hartley, of Leek-based business Farm to Shop, who was selling a variety of cheeses in the food hall and cookery theatre.

He said: “This is our third year here .

You get a good mix of people and they are down to earth.”

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Hundreds queue for Radio 1 Big Weekend as security ramps up at Hull Paragon

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Festival goers have been queuing in Hull city centre since 5am ahead of Radio 1’s Big Weekend. Hundreds have formed long queues in the city’s designated shuttle bus points at Hull Paragon and Walton Street . With the first shuttle buses leaving the station at 9am, there are queues of hundreds of people at Paragon alone as people have been eager to get to the site first.

Security has been ramped up at the festival2 in the wake of the horrific Manchester bombings earlier this week . Every person going today will be subject to body and bag searches at both the shuttle bus hubs and at the entrance to Burton Constable Hall, where Big Weekend is being held. Read more: LIVE updates as Radio 1 Big Weekend gets underway3

A large number of police officers have been spotted patrolling the site and checking over the Stagecoach buses being used to transport the festival-goers to and from the site.

Security checks at Big Weekend

At Paragon, more than a dozen security staff have also been drafted in to be on hand and conduct the additional body and bag searches.

The queues only got worse as the morning went on, though . While it took just 20 minutes to get through security earlier on in the day, by midday and into the start of the afternoon people were reporting waiting an hour to get on the bus to take them to the festival. Stephen Thomson, 18, and Paige Stephenson, 19, were the first in the queue when they arrived at 5am.

Hundreds Queue For Radio 1 Big Weekend As Security Ramps Up At Hull Paragon “I thought it would be packed so we got here early on,” said Stephen. “We’ve been excited about this ever since we’ve got tickets.”

Along with the two Hull locations, shuttle bus sites are also running from Normandy Barracks, in Leconfield, and Grove Hill, Beverley. Susan Hamilton and her grand-daughter Chloe, 14, have been queuing at Hull Paragon since 7am this morning. Mrs Hamilton said: “We were delighted when we got the tickets, it’s my first gig so I wanted to bring my grand daughter with me.

Hundreds Queue For Radio 1 Big Weekend As Security Ramps Up At Hull Paragon “We came early because we thought it would be busy because of security and we wanted to get there early . There is a great atmosphere, nobody is nervous or anything.”

The huge festival kicks off on Saturday at midday, with 50,000 expected to descend on Burton Constable Hall over the course of the weekend.

Travel is expected to be severely delayed in the region, with a number of road closures in place to accomodate for the music festival.

Read more: A huge act is opening Radio 1 Big Weekend4

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  3. ^ LIVE updates as Radio 1 Big Weekend gets underway (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  4. ^ A huge act is opening Radio 1 Big Weekend (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)