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News - 19 March 2010

New guidance to protect crowded places

The Home Office has published new guidelines for key partners such as local authorities, police and businesses on how they can better protect the public.

Working Together to Protect Crowded Places follows a public consultation last year and details how partners can work together.

Alongside this, two other documents have also been published. For the first time, they offer practical advice for planners and designers in incorporating counter terrorism measures to reduce vulnerability in crowded places.

Home Office Security Minister Lord West said, "We will continue to make it harder for terrorists to attack this country. A lot of good work has already been done but we can always do more.

"This guidance is yet another tool we have in the fight against terrorism, allowing people to go about their daily lives freely and with confidence.

"The police and security services do a great job in protecting the public but it is not a job for them or government alone. These documents will encourage local partners to play their part and take the necessary steps to make crowded places as safe as possible."

Planning Minister Ian Austin said, "Good use of the planning system can keep people safe. The new guidance will ensure councils and developers take a common sense approach to make buildings safer and reduce the risk of attack, whilst not compromising on good design, so our towns and cities are attractive and vibrant places to live."

The UK faces a real threat from terrorism and crowded places remain an attractive target. The documents will advise on implementing four key counter-terrorism design principles: better blast resistance, better building management facilities, better traffic management and prevention of vehicle-borne explosives, and better oversight.

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