Security is ramped up for market
LARGE security blocks have been placed around Newcastle’s Christmas market as a safety precaution during the festive season.
Authorities across the country have tightened security measures at festive events in the wake of a series of terror acts across Europe, including the attack on Berlin’s Christmas market last year which saw 12 people killed and 56 injured.
The UK terror threat remains ‘severe’, which means an attack is highly likely.
Newcastle City Council says the blocks – plastic water-filled barriers that have been draped with Christmas decorations – have not been positioned around the market in response to any specific threat but they have been installed as a precaution.
Similar precautions are being taking in other parts of the UK, including in Birmingham and Manchester.