Venues must protect public from terror attacks under Priti Patel proposals

There is currently no legislative requirement for organisations or venues to consider or employ security measures at the vast majority of public places.

Ministers have pledged to introduce Protect Duty legislation at the earliest opportunity, along with a new online platform providing advice on counter-terrorism this year.

The consultation over the proposals sought views from private and public sector partners on a requirement for certain publicly accessible locations to implement security measures, and what support would be required from the Government.

More than 2,700 responses were received from a variety of organisations, sectors and campaigners, with the majority supporting the proposals to introduce stronger measures to ensure public safety.

Seven in 10 respondents agreed that those responsible for publicly accessible locations should take appropriate measures to protect the public from attacks. This included ensuring staff were trained to respond appropriately.

The response of Greater Manchester Police and other emergency services on the night of the Arena bombing has been severely criticised by victims’ families.

The public inquiry into the atrocity heard that key staff had received no training on how to deal with a terror attack or major incident. 

There was a “total failure” to set up a rendezvous point at the scene for commanders of all the emergency services until it was too late, which meant firefighters took more than two hours to arrive, Sir John Saunders, the inquiry chairman, was told last month.

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