Saturday, 24 June 2017

Regatta security to be reviewed after Manchester attack

Regatta security to be reviewed after Manchester attack

SECURITY at Henley Royal Regatta will be reviewed in light of the terrorist attack in Manchester.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to visit Henley during the five-day event, which will begin on June 28.

The national terrorist threat is severe, meaning an attack is highly likely, and security is being tightened at high-profile sporting events.

Daniel Grist, secretary of the regatta, said: “The Manchester attack was horrific and our thoughts and condolences are with all of those who have been affected.

“The regatta’s security plans are regularly reviewed bearing in mind the current threat level but even more so now after the Manchester attack.

“Safety is our number one priority for all our athletes, officials, staff and spectators.

“Our plans are under constant review and we are working with Thames Valley Police and other relevant specialists to ensure the highlight of the rowing calendar is as safe as possible.”

Thames Valley Police said there was no intelligence to suggest a threat in this area.

Additional armed and unarmed officers have been deployed at key locations, particularly crowded places.

The police said they will work with event organisers to see where more officers may be needed.

Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell said: “We will continually review our deployments and take all possible steps to keep people safe within Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.

“At this time we need everyone to remain alert but not alarmed. We need your help to help us protect our communities and disrupt those who seek to harm us.

“I would urge you to contact the police straight away if you believe that someone is acting suspiciously.

“Our officers and staff will continue to provide a visible presence in our communities and we have the specialist resources in place to respond in an emergency.”

Twenty-two people were killed and 59 people were injured in the suicide bomb attack at Manchester Arena after an Ariana Grande concert on Monday last week.

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