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25 Feb 2020

Martyn’s Law to be introduced in Manchester

Manchester city council will act on proposals to enshrine the principles of a prospective new law into future regulations that will boost venue safety in the wake of the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing.

The changes are based around a proposed piece of legislation known as ‘Martyn’s Law’, named for one of the attack’s victims, that seeks to create a coherent and proportionate approach to protective security. It would apply to any place or space to which the public have access, from small to complex venues.

Although not enshrined in law, Manchester city council has announced that it will review the way in which it licences venues in order to ensure high safety standards are in place across the city.

In a statement, the council said “Initially this will have to be voluntary changes made by the owners of licensed premises. However, given the significance of the terror attack on Manchester, and the depth of feeling in the wake of the attack, we would hope that the practices which underlie Martyn’s Law would be taken up with enthusiasm.

“The Council is in the process of developing a scheme of best practice amongst licensed venues, and exploring the ways by which Martyn’s Law could be implemented at a local level.

“The existing range of licensing conditions will also be revised to incorporate specific counter-terrorism measures in order to improve safety. An example would be ensuring venues had a counter-terrorism plan in place, alongside associated staff training.”

The CTX 2020 event, set to take place in May 2020, puts collaboration between the private and public sector such as this at the forefront in its conference agenda. We are delighted to announce that Figen Murray has confirmed to speak at CTX. Figen's son Martyn was killed in the Manchester bomb attack in 2017. Since then, she’s been an active promotor of ‘Martyn’s Law’ which seeks to bolster event security, something that is a big focus this year at CTX. It’s received government backing and Nick Aldworth, former Metropolitan Police chief superintendent and National CT Co-Ordinator, is working closely with her.

You can hear Figen speak on 20 May, 10:45am, in the Protecting People Theatre

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Putting into play findings from its Counter Terror Industry Survey released on 30 January that indicated respondents felt the UK government was insufficiently prepared for various types of terror attacks, the conference has been structured around the need for greater collaboration across the sector. To tackle the threat of terror attacks in public spaces such as that which killed 23 and left 139 wounded in the Manchester bombing, the report suggests that neither the private or the public sectors have sufficient resources alone, and that a joint plan of action - such as the steps being taken here by the Manchester city council - is the right way forwards.

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