People encouraged to come out to support city’s events programme

Runners in the 2014 BT Rock n Roll Marathon (picture: Competitor Group/Ryan Bethke)

A review of security for major events in Liverpool has taken place after the Government raised the threat level to critical following the terror attack in Manchester.

The Rock n Roll Marathon and Sound City are taking place this weekend, and the city is then looking forward to events to mark the 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper, the International Mersey River Festival and National Armed Forces Day in June.

City Mayor Joe Anderson said: “The safety and security of our events is our top priority and we have well established procedures in place, working with event organisers, Merseyside Police and other agencies.

“We regularly carry out exercises to test our responses in the event of an emergency and following the shocking attack in Manchester and the raising of the threat level we have thoroughly reviewed our arrangements to make sure that we are taking all steps to keep people safe. So when you are at events over the next few weeks you may see extra staff and police on duty or have to go through additional security checks.

“My clear message to people is that our events programme is going ahead as normal and we want people to come along and enjoy them, but to remain vigilant and if you see something suspicious to report it.

“I would like to reiterate the message from Merseyside Police’s Chief Constable that terrorists want to create discord, distrust and to create fear and we need to work together to keep each other safe. Liverpool has a proud tradition of being an open, tolerant and welcoming city for people of all races and faiths. There can be no place for hate in our society and we must reject violence and those that espouse it and all pull together and support each other.”

People are advised, if they see any suspicious activity, to call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321, or in an emergency always call 999. For further information about reporting suspicious behaviour visit https://act.campaign.gov.uk/