New legislation in memory of Manchester Arena bomb victim Martyn Hett will be introduced to ensure stronger protections against terrorism in public places, the government has said.
Hett, 29, was one of 22 people killed during attack at the end of an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May 2017.
The new rules, which Hett’s mother Figen Murray has long campaigned forwill cover the whole of the UK and require venues and local authorities to have preventive action plans against terrorist attacks, the government said.
The measures were announced several years ago but has been delayed in being introduced.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he is committed to working with Ms Murray to improve security measures in public places, and the government plans to publish draft legislation in early spring.
Speaking days after her son would have celebrated his 35th birthday, Mrs Murray said: “The Government taking this seriously and promising to act is the best birthday present I could have asked for on Martyn’s birthday.
“While nothing can bring Martyn back, this news means others like him will be better protected.
“Common sense security in public venues – large and small – could mean that fewer people suffer what I and the families of Manchester have had to endure.
“Now we need urgent action to get this in place. I hope that this law will now be introduced in the current session of Parliament so that we can get this done as soon as possible.”
Sunak praised Mrs Murray’s campaign, saying: “The way the city of Manchester came together as a community in the wake of the cowardly Manchester Arena attack, and the fantastic work of campaigners like Figen Murray who have dedicated their lives to making us safer and safer. promoting kindness and tolerance, is an inspiration to us all.
“I am committed to working with Figen to improve security measures in public places and places and to deliver this important legislation to honor Martyn’s memory and all those affected by terrorism.”
Martyn’s Law will follow a tiered model linked to the type of activity taking place and the size of the expected audience, and will attempt to improve how prepared a venue is without placing an undue burden on the business.
A standard level will apply to locations with a maximum capacity of more than 100 people. Places will have to implement reasonably effective measures such as training, information sharing and completion of a contingency plan.
An enhanced tier will focus on high capacity locations. Those that may contain 800 or more will be required to undertake an additional risk assessment that will inform the development and implementation of a thorough security plan.
The Government will also establish an inspection and enforcement regime, issue sanctions for breaches, and will provide statutory guidance and tailored support.