In the context of heightened terror threat in the last few weeks and football coming directly in the firing line when the Borussia Dortmund team bus was attacked six days ago, fans can have few complaints with greater security outside stadiums to ensure their protection.
Manchester City were recently criticised after increased security measures at the Etihad Stadium have left fans queuing outside on numerous occasions, but the price to pay for safety can never be too much.
And it is because of that video footage of a security guard conducting what can only be described as less than thorough searches on people outside White Hart Lane before Tottenham’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth has gone viral.
In the video posted online by Twitter user Colin Rowland that has been retweeted by 8,800 others at the time of writing, a guard is seen barely even making contact with numerous fans as he conducts a very brief version of the usual pat down procedure.
That’s not to suggest there should be rigorous and invasive frisking of every supporter who enters every football stadium, but it would have incredibly easy for any one of those people to conceal a dangerous item and smuggle it into the stadium.
In a world where literally anyone could be a terrorist wishing to inflict damage and hurt on their fellow humans, it would be comforting to know that security and safety is being taken as seriously as possible.
Police will be working with pubs and clubs this weekend to warn about the dangers of a rogue batch of ecstasy after the deaths of three men in Suffolk.
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A red triangle-shaped pill with a Superman logo has been found to contain the highly toxic ingredient PMMA.
Police believe the deaths of Justas Ropas, 22, in Bramford Lane, Ipswich, on Christmas Eve, and Gediminas Kulokas, 24, in Provan Court, Ipswich, on New Year s Day, are connected with the ecstasy.
However, they have yet to establish if the same drug was responsible for the death of John Hocking, 20, in Chestnut Close, Rendlesham, on New Year s Day.
Officers in West Mercia are also investigating a possible link to the ecstasy and the death of a 27-year-old man in Ketley, Telford.
Superintendent Louisa Pepper said: Our number one priority is to prevent other people suffering the tragic consequences of this dangerous drug.
Over the weekend we will be talking to people who are in the bars and clubs in Ipswich to advise them of the danger.
We ll also be out and about in the local communities, handing out leaflets and making sure that as many people as possible know not to take these pills.
We successfully seized a large quantity of drugs but there may still be some out there so if you do come across them please don t take them, and if possible hand them over to us.
More than 400 red triangle shaped pills with a Superman logo were discovered near the Norwich Road, Ipswich, last Sunday.
PMMA is a dangerous chemical which is now being used to make ecstasy, rather than another substance MDMA.
Oscar D Agnone, Medical Director for health and social care charity CRI, said: It is clear that this drug is highly dangerous and we urge anyone in possession of it to hand it in to either the local police or the Suffolk Recovery Service in Ipswich so that it can be disposed of and taken out of circulation.
Anyone possessing the Superman pill is asked to surrender it to police or to CRI, in St Matthew s Street, Ipswich, the MVA Team, 70 – 74 St Helen s Street, Ipswich, or the fire station in Princes Street, Ipswich.
If you can help the police inquiry telephone 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
A 19-year-old man Adrian Lubecki, of St Matthew s Street, Ipswich, is to appear before Ipswich Crown Court later this month on Class A drug charges.
MERSEYSIDE POLICE SUPPORTS NATIONAL WEEK OF ACTION BY FORCES ON ALCOHOL
Merseyside Police is supporting a national week of police action on alcohol and calling time on people who drink irresponsibly and end up involved in crime.
As part of the week of action, officers have been carrying out a range of activities including visiting schools, speaking to students as part of freshers week and working with a range of partners and the licensing trade to promote responsible drinking.
This weekend officers will be in town centres across Merseyside to make sure people are enjoying themselves safely and responsibly and those who have had too much to drink aren t behaving anti-socially or ending up involved in criminality.
Patrols will also be visiting a range of licensed premises including pubs, clubs and off-licenses to check they are being run responsibly.
The operation is being led by Superintendent Mark Wiggins from Liverpool North. He said: Lots of people like to drink socially, but when people take it too far the links between alcohol and crime can t be ignored and have to be tackled.
Figures from across the country show that nearly fifty per cent of all violent crime is alcohol related and that figure rises to nearly 75 per cent if we look at assualts which require treatment.
If you pre-load and are on the way to being drunk before you even leave home, you are 2.5 times more likely to be involved in violence when you re out, either as a victim or an offender.
People drinking too much can also have a devastating effect on communities, with alcohol related anti-social behaviour by far the most common form that people experience.
The message seems pretty clear. If you drink too much, you are putting yourselves and others at risk and are far more likely to end up involved in criminal behaviour.
That s why we are working hard with our partners and the licensing industry to promote responsible drinking across Merseyside and make sure that our town centres and Liverpool city centre remain great places to enjoy a safe night out.
We have spent the week so far getting some of our key messages out and this weekend we will be out across the force re-inforcing them, including increased patrols, the use of drugs dogs and visiting licensed premises.
The force is also backing the new card being issued as part of the Proof of Age Standards Scheme.
Superintendent Wiggins added: Up until now there have been lots of different cards under the scheme which haven t been widely accepted. This has meant young people still carry passports or driving licenses as proof of ID, many of which end up lost or stolen and being used fraudulently.
The new card incorporates proper checks on those approving the applications and will have a single design which incorporates the unique PASS hologram. We are confident the new card will be widely accepted and should mean that people who are over 18 can get into licensed premises and those who aren t, can t.
People need to take responsibility for their own drinking and the consequences it has, but the pro-active stance we are taking should ensure that our night time economies across Merseyside remain safe for everyone to enjoy.
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