High security at Christmas market in city
CONCRETE bollards have been installed around the site of Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market in a bid to prevent terror attacks.
Birmingham City Council have installed the security barriers around Victoria Square.
More are due to be installed at key city centre locations this week. Police said the extra security is not based on any new intelligence about the Birmingham event, which is expected to attract millions of visitors before it closes on December 29.
As well as the return of reinforced concrete blocks, there will also be extra armed police officers on patrol and undercover officers who will be tasked with spotting suspicious behaviour, when the market opens on November 16.
Similar security barriers were introduced for the first time in Birmingham last year after a vehicle terror attack at a Christmas market in Berlin, which left 12 people dead and scores more injured.
Supt Andy Parsons, , said there were no current plans to control pedestrian access to the markets, but added that the plans would be under constant review.