Police and event organisers to meet to discuss safety issues around Norwich’s Take That concerts
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Police and event organisers will meet tomorrow to discuss security around next month's Take That concerts at Carrow Road in Norwich.
In the wake of the attack at Manchester Arena on Monday night, Norfolk's chief constable Simon Bailey has reassured people with tickets for the Norwich Take That concerts on June 15 and 16 and said Norfolk police's security coordinator would be at Thursday's safety advisory group meeting for the concerts.
He said: 'The security arrangements will be reviewed on Thursday and they will be kept under constant review leading right up to the actual event itself. We have an excellent working relationship with Norwich City.
'I'll be speaking to the managing director and I don't doubt at the forefront at his mind, as it is my mind, will be the security of everybody who wants to go and enjoy a really enjoyable evening.
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'I would like to reassure that everybody that will be attending the concert that we will be doing our best to provide that reassuring message and reassuring presence.'
A statement from Norwich City Football Club said: 'Everyone at Norwich City Football Club is deeply shocked and saddened by the attack in Manchester. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this terrible event.
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'With Take That performing at Carrow Road on two consecutive nights on June 15/16, the Club is reviewing security measures for these events and is consulting fully with Norfolk Constabulary and the relevant counter-terrorism agencies as part of this process.
'The Club considers the safety of members of the public and its staff to be of paramount importance and has had heightened security measures in place since the Paris attacks in November 2015, covering matchdays, non-matchdays and special events.
'Further details of security and access arrangements for those coming to Carrow Road for the Take That concerts will be shared via the Club's official channels, the concert promoters and the local media.'
Take That postponed their Liverpool concert last night and have rescheduled it for this Friday. The band have postponed dates at Manchester Arena that were planned for this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Talking with fans on Twitter, Gary Barlow said: 'Security will change now at gigs which will keep us all safer.'
Meanwhile Festival Republic, which organises Latitude at Henham Park, said: 'We will update on Thursday morning with our updated plans...following a lead from the relevant police forces but we are certain we will not be defeated by such cowardice and are therefore confirming that Latitude Festival will be going ahead as planned.'
A statement from the organisers of Sundown Festival said: 'We continually review our security and public safety measures in partnership with the Police and local authorities. We are proud to bring people together through the positive power of music and will carry on that tradition at this year's event.'
The Forestry Commission, which is hosting acts including Olly Murs and Elbow in Thetford Forest this summer, said it continually reviewed safety procedures.
Norwich Theatre Royal chief executive Stephen Crocker said the venue had 'robust procedures.'
He said: 'All of us at Norwich Theatre Royal and Norwich Playhouse send our heartfelt thoughts to everyone affected by the terrible events in Manchester last night.
'We already have robust procedures in place which have been developed in conjunction with Norfolk Police to create the safest possible environment for visitors to our buildings.
'In the light of last night's events, we have reinforced the importance of all those procedures with staff and volunteers today and encouraged them to continue to maintain a high level of vigilance.'
The region's hospitals also confirmed they have procedures in place to deal with a similar attack to the one in Manchester.
Chief operating officer at Gorleston's James Paget University Hospital, Graham Wilde, said: 'We have well-rehearsed plans for a range of major incidents.'
A Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital spokesman said the hospital had a Major Incident Plan which was regularly reviewed.
Chief operating officer at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in King's Lynn, Ciara Moore, said: 'The QEH has emergency plans drawn up for a range of situations. These plans are reviewed and rehearsed regularly.'
An East of England Ambulance Service spokesman said: 'We work closely with emergency service colleagues throughout the region to ensure that we are as prepared as possible for a major incident of any kind.'