Martyn’s Law set to begin in city he loved
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