Special Terror Alert Bulletin
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Appalling terror attack at Manchester Arena – Many dead and injured…
The vigilance and awareness of all our site based, and other uniformed colleagues, is now being raised yet again, in the face of yet another example of brutal terrorism. Corps Security’s teams will be busy today providing reassurance to customers, and in particular to those who operate places of entertainment, and where there is high footfall, and a regular presence of members of the public.
Colleagues in our Events teams will be ensuring that all appropriate emergency and contingency plans for events are checked and understood.
The attack in Manchester targeted young people, including children.
Here at Corps Consult, we are liaising with Police and contacts at CPNI to get their take on this most serious terror attack, the worst in the UK since 7/7 2005.
What we know at this stage…
Greater Manchester Police say 22 are confirmed dead in suspected terror attack
- 59 people were injured in the blast at Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert
- Sixty ambulances attended the scene
- Police have set up an emergency number for those concerned about friends and relatives: 0161 8569400
- There will be no trains to or from Manchester Victoria station on Tuesday
- The Conservatives have suspended their general election campaigning
- Calls have been made for blood donors to step forward
The Prime Minister will be chairing a meeting of the government's emergency Cobra committee later today.
One eye witness told the BBC that he was “metres away from an explosion” while waiting to pick up his daughter from the concert. He said his wife suffered a “stomach wound” and “possible broken leg”. He added: “Someone came through the doors then bang.” This report supports the confirmation that this attack was in fact a suicide bombing, , this means that access control and front of house security, at all sites, must be checked, and where necessary enhanced.
Further bulletins will follow as and when more solid information is to hand.
In the meantime, our customers and colleagues are urged to maintain extreme vigilance in the face of ruthless adversaries…
In the meantime the international terror threat level in the UK remains at severe, meaning an attack is "highly likely".
The current threat level from international terrorism for the UK was raised on 29 August 2014 and is now assessed as SEVERE
The threat level for Irish related terrorism is set separately for Northern Ireland and Great Britain
In Northern Ireland it is SEVERE and in Great Britain it is SUBSTANTIAL
- CRITICAL means that a terrorist attack is imminent
- SEVERE means that a terrorist attack is highly likely
- SUBSTANTIAL that an attack is a strong possibility
- MODERATE that an attack is possible but unlikely
Everyone should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and report any suspicious activity to the police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.
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