Neil Basu, deputy assistant commissioner with the Metropolitan police, has brought together festival promoters and Premiere League owners for a discussion on the possibility of terrorist attacks in UK stadiums and event spaces.
The meetings come after Basu, who is in charge of the country’s protective security, developed concerns about the security within Britain’s nighttime economy. “I’d want to see the owners and event managers taking the same kind of security precautions,” Basu said relating back to the ever increasing security protocols in stadiums.
Naturally, the heightened concern comes after last year’s Paris terrorist attacks, where Muslim extremists targeted revellers at cafe’s and nightspots, Basu has warned that crowded entertainment events were becoming an increasing priority for police focus. “Crowded places were always a concern for us, but now they are right at the top of the agenda,” Basu said, going on to, “these people (terrorists) are perfectly happy to target civilians with the maximum terror impact”.
London seems well equipped to handle such attacks but the concern comes from rural areas of the country where armed officers arrive from some 70 miles away may, in fact, be “sitting ducks” in the face of wide scale attacks. These rural areas host some of the country’s largest musical festivals, including next month’s Worthy Farm based Glastonbury (which has already received an ISIS threat), which is expected to bring some 135,000. The warning also comes as Germany’s domestic domestic intelligence head Hans-Georg Maassen has said that ISIS also has the 2016 European Championships “in its sights”.
So, with terrorism being the en vogue word of the last decade, and the rise of Nationalist tendencies meant to counteract it actually fuels extremism through its alienation of entire communities, is the festival threat just the latest repercussion of governmental incompetence?
Source: The Guardian