In the wake of the recent terror attack on London Bridge, the government have changed their stance on new measures to protect venues from the threat of terrorism. The Independent reports: “The Conservatives have announced a consultation on reducing the vulnerability of venues to terror attacks, “using existing or new legislation if necessary”.”
This also follows years of campaigning by Manchester attack victim’s mother for a proposed Martyn’s Law. Recently, Figen Murray, mother of Martyn Hett, was at the International Security Expo, with a senior newly-retired counter-terrorism policeman, where they reiterated the call for new legislation.
Their proposals include the introduction of scanners (such as metal detectors) and other protective measures at any place or space where the public has access. Further, for owners and operators of such venues to take counter-terror advice and training; carry out vulnerability assessments; mitigate the risks shown from those assessments; and put in place a counter-terror plan. Also there is a requirement proposed for local authorities to plan for the threat of terrorism (a recent separate report highlights need for more cities to put security boards in place to effectively assess and protect vulnerable sites).
Currently, the Home Office already provides funding for security equipment at places of worship. Important events have a Police Commander. And protective security advice can always be received from a CTSA (Counter-Terrorism Security Advisor) or the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO).