High se­cu­rity at Christ­mas mar­ket in city

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

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.

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