Andy Burnham thinks tighter security should be mandatory at events
Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has called for tighter security checks at gigs following the Manchester Arena attack in May 2017.
Burnham has supported calls from the victims’ families to step up security checks in an update to a report into the attack.
Twenty-two people died at Manchester Arena after Salman Abedi detonated a device in the foyer of the arena at an Ariana Grande concert shortly after the pop star had come off stage.
Burnham has supported calls made by Figen Murray, mother of victim Martyn Hett, 29, for the introduction of ‘Martyn’s Law’ which would made metal detectors and bag searches mandatory at large public venues.
Burnahm said there was “a clear case for a thorough review of security measures at major sporting and entertainment event venues.”
Security Minister Ben Wallace added: “Last June we published a strengthened version of the UK’s comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy, Contest, which reflects the findings of a fundamental review of all aspects of counter-terrorism, to ensure we have the best response to the heightened threat in coming years.”
Speaking about the aftermath of the attack last year and her decision to continue with her scheduled dates, Ariana Grande said: “You try not to give in to fear because obviously, that’s the whole point of being here – that was the point of finishing my tour.
“You want to not be afraid, because of course, that’s what [the terrorists] want. If you give them that, then they’ve won…But the truth is, it’s scary,” she added.
“It’s scary going anywhere. You look at places differently.”