As the new football season gets underway Counter Terrorism (CT) Policing have held workshops at both Old Trafford and Wembley attended by representatives from Premier League, English Football League Clubs and the FA. The workshops are designed to focus on the current threats to sports stadia and provide greater information to clubs and in turn for the clubs to undertake to disseminate that information throughout various media channels to their fans.
While there is no specific intelligence of an increased threat to football grounds in the UK, we have seen that terrorists are prepared to carry out attacks on this type of target.
commented Superintendent Dave Roney, Deputy National Coordinator for Protect and Prepare who went on to say that he was pleased with the response from the clubs and the FA and that his police colleagues had also benefited form a greater understanding of club’s match day activities.
The core advice that Counter Terrorism Policing is asking to share with fans through channels such as social and print media is;
- Arrive early, allowing more time for security checks
- Minimise what you carry, fewer bag searches will speed up entry to the ground
- Be vigilant at all times and if you see anything suspicious, tell a steward right away
- If you see anything that could pose an immediate threat to safety, call 999
- In an emergency, listen to the Public Address instructions and follow them
- If told to evacuate, do so immediately
- Do not place yourself in danger by filming events on your mobile
- Move right away from the stadium as quickly as possible for your safety and to allow clear access for any emergency vehicles
- Once you are safe, follow the local police force on Twitter for news updates on the situation