Earlier today the government announced details of the Protect Duty, now to be known as ‘Martyn’s Law’ in tribute to Martyn Hett, who was killed alongside 21 others in the Manchester Arena terrorist attack in 2017
The new duty will require venues across the UK to take steps to improve public safety, with measures dependent on the size of the venue and the activity taking place.
Proposals for new legislation have been developed following public consultation and engagement across industry, charities, local authorities, security experts and with survivors.
Counter Terrorism Policing’s Acting Senior National Coordinator for Protect and Prepare Helen Millichap said:
“Counter Terrorism Policing have long been strong advocates for the Protect Duty and we welcome the announcement made by the government today, which outlines clear proposals for Martyn’s Law.
“Introducing a legislative framework for the provision of protective security has the potential to transform how the UK keeps its communities safe in the face of the enduring terrorist threat.
“Our national CTP network will now look to work alongside our partners to ensure those with a share in this legislative responsibility can deliver to the greatest effect.
“We would also like to recognise the efforts of those individuals whose very personal experiences have inspired and shaped the duty, contributing directly to the powerful benefits it will bring.”
See the update from the Home Office for my details about Martyn’s Law here.