Mar­tyn’s Law set to be­gin in city he loved

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THE prin­ci­ples of ‘Mar­tyn’s Law’ are set to be en­shrined into fu­ture li­cens­ing reg­u­la­tions, coun­cil bosses in Manch­ester have an­nounced.

The break­through is a huge step for­ward for cam­paign­ers led by Mar­tyn Hett’s mother, Fi­gen Mur­ray.

Much-loved PR man­ager Mar­tyn, 29, from Stock­port, lost his life in the Manch­ester Arena ter­ror­ism atroc­ity in May, 2017.

The gov­ern­ment said in Oc­to­ber it was ‘se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing’ new an­titer­ror­ism leg­is­la­tion named in his mem­ory which would com­pel pub­lic venues and spa­ces to un­dergo counter-ter­ror train­ing and im­ple­ment spe­cific se­cu­rity poli­cies.

The an­nounce­ment by Manch­ester coun­cil means that, in ef­fect, Mar­tyn’s Law will be­gin in Manch­ester. A coun­cil meet­ing due to be held next week will hear fur­ther de­tails.

The coun­cil said there was cur­rently no law re­quir­ing venues to ad­here to the prin­ci­ples of Mar­tyn’s Law. But go­ing for­ward, the coun­cil said it would seek to re­view the way in which it li­censes venues ‘in or­der to en­sure high safety stan­dards are in place across the city.’

“Ini­tially this will have to be voluntary changes made by the own­ers of li­censed premises,” said a state­ment.

“How­ever, given the sig­nif­i­cance of the ter­ror at­tack on Manch­ester, and the depth of feel­ing in the wake of the at­tack, we would hope that the prac­tices which un­der­lie Mar­tyn’s Law would be taken up with en­thu­si­asm.”

The coun­cil said it was in the process of ex­plor­ing ways in which Mar­tyn’s Law could be im­ple­mented in the city.

The ex­ist­ing range of li­cens­ing con­di­tions will be re­vised to in­cor­po­rate spe­cific counter-ter­ror­ism measures, the coun­cil added.

Mar­tyn’s Law - cham­pi­oned by the Manch­ester Even­ing News - has five re­quire­ments: A re­quire­ment that spa­ces and places to which the pub­lic have ac­cess en­gage with freely avail­able counter-ter­ror­ism ad­vice and train­ing. A re­quire­ment for those places to con­duct vul­ner­a­bil­ity as­sess­ments of their op­er­at­ing places and spa­ces. A re­quire­ment for those places to mit­i­gate the risks cre­ated by the vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties. A re­quire­ment for those places to have a counter-ter­ror­ism plan. A re­quire­ment for lo­cal author­i­ties to plan for the threat of ter­ror­ism.

Mrs Mur­ray said: “I am so pleased to see that Manch­ester city coun­cil have em­braced the prin­ci­ples of Mar­tyn’s Law and are set­ting a bril­liant ex­am­ple by in­tro­duc­ing some of its prin­ci­ples.

“It feels like a recog­ni­tion and deep re­spect for the be­reaved fam­i­lies and the hun­dreds of in­jured peo­ple.”

Coun­cil­lor Nigel Murphy, the coun­cil’s deputy leader, said: “We are proud to work with Fi­gen to lead the way on bring­ing in an im­proved cul­ture of safety in this coun­try, but we need the Gov­ern­ment to take ac­tion. Only they have the power to get Mar­tyn’s Law onto the statute books and we hope it treats her cam­paign as a pri­or­ity.”

Fi­gen Mur­ray and, in­set, her son Mar­tyn Hett

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