LHG STATEMENT FOLLOWING THE TRAGIC INCIDENT AT MANCHESTER ARENA ON MONDAY 22 MAY 2017
The LHG team were deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic events at the Manchester Arena yesterday evening. Our sincere thoughts and prayers go to all those affected and especially to the families and friends of those who lost their lives or were injured.
All concerts and events LHG Live have on sale this summer will be going ahead including the three UB40 concerts this coming weekend at Wrexham, Coventry and Darlington.
LHG take security very seriously. In consultation with local Safety Advisory Groups and key statutory bodies including the three blue light services, strict security measures are agreed and implemented across all our concerts and events.
Last night’s terrible events in Manchester only highlight the importance of doing so.
Security plans are agreed and endorsed by the local Police Force in each location. These security plans include counter terrorism planning in accordance with the latest government and police advice and are linked to the current threat level and any local intelligence.
All customers attending LHG concerts are subject to a ticket check/scan and search regime on entry. This includes a compulsory bag, and targeted personal search (for example if wearing bulky clothing).
Concert security includes SIA (Security Industry Association) licensed teams, and staff who have completed the Home Office’s ‘Project Griffin’ Counter Terrorism training. This covers issues such as dealing with suspicious packages, suspicious behaviour, bomb threats and hostile reconnaissance.
Out of bounds areas, including backstage areas are staffed by SIA personnel who uphold a strict procedure for checking accreditation and managing the entitlement to access secure areas.
Each concert plan includes an Emergency Plan which covers issues such as ‘show stop’ procedures, emergency exit routes and capacities, evacuation procedures, liaison with the emergency services and the response to major incidents.
We would like to reassure all ticket holders that following the incident in Manchester on Monday evening, we are of course re-examining all security measures and where any adjustments are deemed necessary, these will be implemented.
We therefore ask for co-operation, understanding and patience from all our concert goers as thorough security measures will continue to be applied to all persons accessing the concert sites.