Local authorities in Manchester will deploy barriers and bollards worth £250,000 around the city centre’s landmarks and busiest spaces to prevent vehicles mowing people down in a terror attack under advice from the police’s counter-terror unit, a recent news report in the local media has been able to suggest.
The council has refused to reveal which locations it will now be looking to protect, saying it has been ordered not to do so by counter-terror officials.
However a report tabled to bosses said the policy known as ‘hostile vehicle mitigation’ would focus on the city centre’s busiest areas.
“Following discussions with the Counter Terrorism Security Advisor attached to Greater Manchester Police, locations within the city centre have been identified for the installation of mitigation measures, such as bollards and street furniture,” it says.
“The aim of these works would be to protect areas of high footfall from the risk of a vehicle being used as a weapon against pedestrians.”
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