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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.

Government confirms 13 million in security funding

The Government has confirmed more than 13m of funding to boost security at Jewish schools next year, as the CST s chairman warned that instability in America and Europe will have a negative impact on Jewish communities.

The renewed funding towards the cost security guards at Jewish schools for 2017-18 follows similar commitments from David Cameron and Theresa May during the last two CST dinners.

The funding will be overseen by the charity, which last night welcomed around 1,000 guests including Amber Rudd, new Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick and a host of political leaders to its flagship fundraiser in central London.

We will continue to listen to the funding needs of the community going forward . But however friendly ad professional security guards are, I m sure you would prefer to go to your local synagogue or drop your child at school without being greeted by one and this is the future we are all working towards.

She spoke of the government s work to challenge extremism from Islamist to the far right including the recent ban on National Action . And she spoke of work social media companies to speed up the removal of illegal content and demote hateful material in online searches .

It can t be right that when you type Gena Turgel s name into search engines, instead of her story of surviving the Holocaust, you can bring up Holocaust denial sites.

Praising the CST and its army of volunteers, Rudd said the bomb threat that forced the evacuation of London s Jewish Museum this week was a reminder of the importance of the charity s work.

She added: We are doing what we can to confine anti-Semitism to the history books . Our efforts have been internationally recognised . In front of an audience that included Tom Watson, Tim Farron and Angus Roberston, she also praised Sir Eric Pickles remarkable which led to Britain becoming the first country to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism.

CST Chief Executive David Delew thanked the Government for their strong efforts to help combat terrorism and antisemitism, epitomised by the continued funding for security guards at Jewish schools, but also shown in a range of other measures, including the adoption and promotion of the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism .

Addressing the gathering, CST chair Gerald Ronson said he expected more anti-Semitism, more division within society in future and warned that global instability won t be good for the Jewish community.

Look at how fragile Europe is; and suddenly nobody knows what America stands for any more, he said . People are moving to the extremes . They face globalised problems, which they want simple solutions to . I don t need explanations of fancy modern phrases such as populism or false news or post truth , because I know the danger they point to.

Rightly or wrongly, people are angry . They don t only feel left behind, they feel betrayed . And they need someone to blame . None of this is going to be good for Jews.

Ronson detailed the extent of the CST s recent work including setting up a nationwide control centre covering 220 sites and providing bullet proof vests to every shul.

Insisting that fighting anti-Semitism must never be a party political issue, he said: I know that, despite it all, we still have many friends in the Labour Party and they know what is at stake every bit as much as we do .

We have many good Muslim friends here this evening, but I just wish we had many more .

The more Muslim friends we have, the better off both communities will be.