Se­cu­rity is ramped up for mar­ket

Sunday Sun - - News -

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.

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