Venues would have a legal duty to provide security in the wake of the Manchester Arena bombing under Government plans set for publication.

Home Secretary Priti Patel is due to detail the proposals, which include a requirement for some public places to be prepared for a terror attack today

The so called Martyn’s Law campaign was started by Figen Murray, after the loss of her son, 29-year-old Martyn Hett, in the attack.

Currently there is no legal requirement for venues to employ security measures at the vast majority of public places.

The Home Secretary, said:

“My number one priority is keeping the people of the UK safe. Following the tragic attack at the Manchester Arena, we have worked closely with Figen Murray, victims’ groups and partners to develop proposals to improve protective security around the country.

“I am grateful for their tireless commitment and those who responded to the consultation; the majority of whom agreed tougher measures are needed to protect the public from harm.
“We will never allow terrorists to restrict our freedoms and way of life, which is why we are committed to bringing forward legislation this year that will strike the right balance between public safety, whilst not placing excessive burden on small businesses.”


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