ARMED GARDAI AT CROKER

Anti-ter­ror plan in ac­tion as 82,000 head for sta­dium and back­packs banned

Irish Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY TREVOR QUINN

ARMED gardai will be be on standby at Croke Park ahead of this af­ter­noon’s show­down be­tween Mayo and Dublin to counter any ter­ror threat.

Spe­cial­ist tac­ti­cal units with high­pow­ered ve­hi­cles will be around the grounds as 82,300 fans pour in for the All-ire­land foot­ball fi­nal. Gardai and the GAA last night urged peo­ple not to bring back­packs or large bags as searches will be car­ried out. A se­nior source said: “We are polic­ing a

huge event, a na­tional event, which goes out across the globe.

“And we have an obli­ga­tion un­der the Siochana Act to po­lice this event.

“All things are con­sid­ered and every­thing is re­ally put into place

ap­pro­pri­ate to the size of the event.”

Se­cu­rity has been height­ened fol­low­ing the ter­ror at­tack in Lon­don on Fri­day when a bomb par­tially ex­ploded on a packed train.

The source added: “You won’t have armed gardai search­ing peo­ple go­ing in but any present are there to tackle or­gan­ised crime or a ter­ror­ist threat if re­quired.

“A lot of it will not be vis­i­ble. There is traf­fic man­age­ment, there is a ticket tout­ing as­pect of it, and there is the ter­ror­ist threat as­pect of it. That is all con­sid­ered in the polic­ing plan.” It’s un­der­stood that the heav­ily-armed units such as Emer­gency Re­sponse Unit and other tac­ti­cal out­fits set up to tackle the Ki­na­han-hutch feud will be on standby around the packed grounds.

PRO­TEC­TION Armed of­fi­cer

SE­CU­RITY Croke Park

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