CT Policing’s security advice for football fans

A number of former England football players have teamed up with Counter Terrorism Policing to offer football fans security advice ahead of the World Cup.

As part of a summer long security campaign aimed at protecting crowded places, Alan Shearer, David Seaman and Paul Parker have recorded video messages explaining how fans can keep themselves and others safe while gathering to watching games.

With thousands of fans expected to watch matches on screens in city centres, football grounds and fan parks up and down the UK, police and security experts will again be working in partnership with local authorities and event organisers to ensure that safety and security remains top of the agenda.

Chief Supt. Aldworth said: “Our Summer Security messaging is designed to remind everyone that our security, just like a World Cup-winning campaign, is a team effort and we all have a part to play. Sadly we have seen that these big public events and crowded spaces can be targeted by those who want to cause harm, but I want to reassure the public that the police, partners and the event organisers are doing all we can to keep them safe and secure. Some of that protection can be seen with visible security guards and local officers and a significant amount of the security measures will be less obvious and are deployed for extra protection.

“Fans can help us by watching these new videos to make themselves aware of the existing safety advice and to be ready to ACT if you spot suspicious behaviour and activity. Don’t think you might be wasting our time, it is always better to be safe than sorry. If something doesn’t look or feel right, tell someone. We want you to enjoy the games, enjoy the atmosphere and by remaining vigilant we can all stay safe.”

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