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‘Martyn’s law’ wins government backing

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‘Martyn’s law’ wins government backing 13th January 2020

The Government has pledged support for ‘Martyn’s law’.

‘Martyn’s law’ will see airport-style security checks to be introduced across public venues.  Figen Murray, whose son Martyn Hett was one of the 22 people who died in the 2017 attack, has lobbied for stronger anti-terror security measures.

It has been reported that Brandon Lewis, the security minister, said Boris Johnson was “100%” behind the proposals for bag searches and metal detectors at big venues such as concert and sport arenas.

It was also reported that Manchester City Council has pledged to adopt “Martyn’s law” early through new licensing rules.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Lewis said: “The prime minister, home secre­tary and I are all 100% behind Figen and are working to improve security measures at public venues and spaces.

“We are working quickly to come up with a solution that will honour Martyn’s memory and all of those affected by terrorism.

He added: “I am pleased that last week Man­chester city council announced new licensing rules, but we are committed to going further and making Martyn’s law a reality for all public venues across the UK.”

The government backing follows calls by the mayor of Greater Manchester for mandatory security checks at large-scale public venues last year.

Andy Burnham said: “I believe there is a clear case for a thorough review of security measures at major sporting and entertainment event venues to establish clearly understood mandatory standards and I call on the government to initiate one.

“We need to have clear minimum and mandatory standards at all venues so there is clarity for operators, and confidence for the public.”

Source: Guardian Online

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