Football fans across the country are being warned to play their part deterring terrorism by communicating with stewards and police and not to film terrorist attacks.
The National Counter Terrorism Security Office has released the Know The Game Plan ahead of the new football season.
The key points of the plan include allowing time for security checks, minimising bags and if spotting anything suspicious to ‘tell a steward right away’. If seeing anything posing an ‘immediate threat’ call 999.
“Getting supporters to think about security is just part of the work football has been doing in partnership with the police,” Bob Eastwood, Security and Operations Adviser for the English Football League says.
“Over the last 12 months we have held many events all over the country so counter-terrorism officers and stadium security managers can share their knowledge and do all we can to stay a step ahead.
The safety of all fans is football’s number one priority and we all have a role to play in doing everything we can to keep each other safe – police, officials and supporters.”
The advice also says listen to public address instructions and if told to evacuate do so immediately. ‘Do not wait around to film events on your mobile move right away from the stadium as quickly as possible,’ it warns.
Police have been working with individual clubs the Premiere League and the EFL to work on security measures that will keep football supporters and club employees safe.
‘While there is no specific threat to football grounds, the project is part of a wider police plan to work more closely with different sectors such as retail, hospitality and entertainment to help protect the public,’ it reassures.
National Coordinator for Protective Security, Chief Superintendent Nick Aldworth said:
The chance of being caught up in a terrorist attack is low but we want the public to feel confident to come forward and report any concerns if they see something suspicious to matchday staff or police.
The more clubs encourage supporters to do this, the more likely they are to act on their instincts and not worry they might be mistaken or wasting time.
Most concerns will turn out to be nothing and that’s absolutely fine. It’s far better to say something than risk an important piece of information being missed.
Our mantra is Action Counters Terrorism. If you see something, don’t hesitate to ACT.”
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