Government plans require that venues have anti-terror precautions

By Becky Morton
BBC News

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Martyn Hett was killed in the Manchester Arena attack.

The law would require venues to take security precautions to prevent terrorist attacks.

This news comes after the Manchester Arena Bombing in 2017, when 22 people died as they fled an Ariana Grande concert.

After an 18-week consultation, Priti Patel, Home Secretary will present the plans Monday.

Victims’ organizations have championed the so-called Protect Duty.

Figen Murray started the Martyn’s Law Campaign after Martyn, her 29-year old son, was killed in an attack.

Mrs Murray praised the results of the consultation, and expressed her satisfaction that legislation was being introduced quickly enough to “prevent the loss of innocent people’s lives.”

According to the Home Office, the government would like to present the legislation to Parliament as soon as possible.

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It is not required that organisations and venues consider security measures in the majority of public spaces.

In a February 2021 consultation, seven out of ten respondents said that those who manage public places should adopt appropriate and proportionate precautions to prevent attacks on the public. It was important that staff are trained and prepared to react appropriately.

The Home Office stated that there was agreement on the need to adjust measures according to the venue’s size. Smaller organizations are not subject to the same regulations as large ones.

The inspectorate would be able to share good practice and identify vulnerabilities. Half of the respondents supported it. The support for civil sanctions to ensure compliance was equally split.

Ms Patel, the Home Secretary, stated that “It is my number one priority to keep the UK’s people safe.”

“Following the tragedy at Manchester Arena we have been working closely with Figen, victims’ organizations and partners to come up with proposals to increase security in the country.

“We won’t allow terrorists restrict our freedoms, and way of living, so we committed to bringing forward legislation in this year that will strike the right compromise between public safety while not placing too much burden on small businesses.” she said.

Ministers suggested previously that the government might support the Martyn’s Law campaign’s measures, which include airport style checks and plans to counter terrorist attack large venues.

It will publish its complete response on Monday.

This year’s launch of a new interactive online platform by the Home Office will see it offer advice to organizations on counter-terrorism.


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