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F1 paddock security increased with ‘heavy reinforcements’ after …

Brazilian Grand Prix organisers have arranged for “heavy police reinforcements” around the Interlagos track following the armed robbery against Mercedes Formula 1 team members on Friday night. A minibus carrying Mercedes personnel was held up at gunpoint1 after leaving the track, as robbers stole valuables . Fortunately no-one was hurt. With members of Williams, and officials from the FIA, also experiencing close calls as armed robbers targeted F1 personnel, the issue of safety became a big talking point on qualifying day. Lewis Hamilton said it was “frustrating” that similar incidents seemed to occur on a regular basis at the Brazilian GP, adding that he felt “the people at the top need to take action to keep everyone safe”. In response to the situation, extra security has been arranged to help protect the public around the Interlagos circuit. A statement issued by the FIA said: “The circuit has informed all of the events stakeholders that the S o Paulo police force has taken additional measures after these regrettable incident “Heavy police reinforcements will be on duty for the remainder of the event.” F1 personnel have also been advised to remove passes and change out of team uniform to prevent being singled out by criminals for attack.

Hamilton, speaking before the extra measures were announced, added: “I hope there is some way we can move forward so that doesn’t happen ever again. “I was horrified to hear what happened – I’m very close with all the guys who got pulled aside. “You can’t imagine what they are feeling or going through at the time.

“It’s no good just the bosses having security and myself having security . It should be for the whole paddock.” F1 Paddock Security Increased With 'heavy Reinforcements' After ...

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said that teams should not have to face such situations, that have now become common around Brazil’s F1 race. “We shouldn’t be needing armed vehicles, bulletproof cars, agents in order to make it safe from the race track to the hotel,” he said. “But then this is the circumstances and maybe our approach in the past was a bit lenient; easy, because Brazil is a cool country.

“But it must have been a really scary moment for the guys. “We all left just about at the same time at 10 o’clock, and being stopped and having a gun pointed at you must be awful. “When we came to the circuit it looked like civil war broke out – so many police officers were on the track .

Let’s see what happens tonight, but it shouldn’t happen.”

References

  1. ^ held up at gunpoint (www.autosport.com)

Glastonbury Festival security stepped up with revellers warned of …

Revellers are being warned of the potential of lengthy queues to get into this year s Glastonbury Festival1 after security on and around the site is stepped up. Around 200,000 people are expected at the festival site at Pilton over next weekend for three days of music and fun. And although police say there is no intelligence to suggest any sort of threat to the festival, in wake of recent terrorist attacks, extra security precautions are being taken this year.

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Avon and Somerset Assistant Chief Constable and gold commander for the Glastonbury Festival police plan Caroline Peters said: “Public safety is always our top priority but we also want everyone going to the festival to have a great time.

“There is no intelligence to suggest a threat to Glastonbury Festival but we, along with the event organisers, will be taking extra security precautions this year.

Revellers watching the sun rise from the Stone Circle.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to appear at Glastonbury Festival2

This year s festival, at which Radiohead, Katy Perry and Ed Sheeran will be performing, will see more officers on the perimeter of the site helping with security searches. And police say although festival goers should not be alarmed they should remain alert. Assistant Chief Constable Peters added: The policing style might look and feel slightly different this year there will be a higher visibility of officers on the perimeter of festival helping security with searches.

“Our officers will also be wearing their new black uniforms, including their protective vests and body worn cameras – this is nothing different from officers on the beat across the region.

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“We ve always worked very closely with the event organisers and we have tried and tested plans in place for all eventualities.

“Like the rest of the UK, festival-goers should be alert but not alarmed.

Police horses watch over crowds at Glastonbury Festival 2009

“If you see anything suspicious, report it immediately . You can do this in the normal way – by calling 999 in an emergency or 101 if non-urgent.

“You can also report anything to officers or security staff on patrol on site . In addition to this, we will also have the facility for festival-goers to come to the police compound and report any issues they might have.

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“We would like to reiterate the advice that Glastonbury Festival has already issued about packing light and putting luggage tags or some form of ID on all your bags.

“Be patient if there are queues all ticket holders will be subject to extra searches of their vehicles, their bags and their person at this year s festival.

There is always a police presence at Glastonbury Festival

“This might make entrance slower than in previous years but please be patient if you are in a queue and cooperate with any security requests and all searches.

People attending the event can also follow police on Twitter at @policeatglasto for all the latest advice and photos. Highways England has already warned that motorways and major A roads leading to the Glastonbury Festival site are likely to be busy between Tuesday, June 20, and Friday, June 23 as festival goers arrive. The worst time to arrive by car is between 7am and 2pm on Wednesday .

In recent years at peak times, the A39 queue to get into car parks took several hours, while it took less than an hour for those travelling on the A37.

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Increased levels of traffic are also expected on Monday, 26 June as people leave the site at Pilton in Somerset.

The primary motorway route for festival traffic to the site is the M5, with southbound drivers exiting at junction 23 to take the A39 and A361, and northbound drivers exiting the M5 at junction 25 and taking the A358, A303 and A37 while the A303-A37 is also used for traffic arriving from London.

References

  1. ^ http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/all-about/glastonbury-festival (www.bristolpost.co.uk)
  2. ^ Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to appear at Glastonbury Festival (www.bristolpost.co.uk)
  3. ^ Glastonbury Festival 2017: How long does it take to walk between stages on Worthy Farm? (www.bristolpost.co.uk)
  4. ^ Glastonbury Festival 2017: What time are this year’s headliners Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran on stage? (www.bristolpost.co.uk)

Pakistan begins first census in 19 years amid massive military security

Pakistan has begun its first national census in 19 years amid tight security from around 200,000 military personnel. A 70-day data gathering operation, starting in 63 districts and protected by police and soldiers, is being carried out by 118,000 officials. The previous census was completed in 1998 and the long delay in updating it is down to a lack of funds, political disputes and insufficient troops to keep everybody involved safe. But in December the chief justice of Pakistan’s supreme court set a deadline of March or April, saying a census was essential to democracy. Seats in Pakistan’s parliament are allocated according to population density and without a census the number of seats cannot be decided. Rural populations in the world’s sixth-largest country frequently change as people try to escape poverty and ethnic or sectarian violence by moving to towns and cities. The security staff will protect census teams and ensure households can enter data without being intimidated by powerful feudal landlords and political families who fear losing influence.

“We made all the arrangements for a smooth, safe and transparent process of population census,” said census official Javed Iqbal in Peshawar, capital of the volatile Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

For the first time, transgender Pakistanis will be counted – although forms had already been printed when the decision was made. “We have been anxiously waiting for the process to begin but it hurt us as there is no separate column in the form,” said Farzana Riaz, president of Trans Action. Afghan refugees will also be included, despite opposition from the southwest province of Baluchistan on the border with Iran, where ethnic Baluchs fear becoming a minority. Other communities have criticised the decision to include only nine of the estimated 70 languages used in Pakistan. Households will also be asked how many toilets they have, as the United Nations estimates up to 40% of Pakistanis defecate in the open air with dramatic health consequences, especially for children.

In a sign of how much has changed since the previous census, Karachi’s population was put at 9.2 million in 1998, but current estimates now vary between 18 and 23 million, according to the National Database and Registration Authority.