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Statement from Assistant Chief Constable Richard Lewis re UEFA Champions League Finals

From Assistant Chief Constable Richard Lewis of South Wales Police: Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those affected by last night’s events in Manchester. South Wales Police is reviewing its current security arrangements and monitoring

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2017-05-23

From Assistant Chief Constable Richard Lewis of South Wales Police:

Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those affected by last night’s events in Manchester.

South Wales Police is reviewing its current security arrangements and monitoring updates from Greater Manchester Police.

There is no specific threat to this region however the public are urged to be extra vigilant and to report suspicious incidents.

Police visibility will increase in certain areas, such as crowded places and iconic locations across the South Wales Police force area.

UEFA Champions League

In respect of the forthcoming UEFA Champions League finals, which will be held in Cardiff from June 1st, detailed safety and security planning and preparation has been underway for many months.

For the whole period our planning and preparation has been ongoing, the threat level across the UK has remained at severe and all our security plans reflect this threat. Our approach to policing this major sporting event is intelligence-led and risk-based which gives us the flexibility to respond to any changes.

During this time, we have seen several terrorist attacks across mainland Europe and the UK, including the terrible events in Manchester last night. These incidents have been closely monitored and have been taken in to consideration in all of our planning.

Extensive searches and installation of security measures for the Champions League finals have been taking place in Cardiff during the past week and will continue in the run-up to the event.

Access to areas around the stadiums on event days will be extremely limited, and ticket-holders can expect to be subject to rigorous security checks. Measures will also be taken to restrict vehicular access to a number of areas within Cardiff.

We are working with our partners here in South Wales as well as with other security forces across the country to ensure a safe and secure environment for the Finals in June, as well as other concerts and major events held in the region.

We advise the public to be alert and not alarmed. We urge our communities to remain vigilant and to report any concerns to the confidential Anti-Terrorism Hotline on 0800 789321. In an emergency, always call 999. In addition, you can report suspicious activity online here:

https://beta.met.police.uk/tell-us-about/possible-terrorist-activity/report-possible-terrorist-activity/

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