Policing at Slam Dunk Festival in Hatfield under review after terror attack in Manchester

PUBLISHED: 14:09 23 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:39 24 May 2017

Police near the Manchester Arena the morning after the terror attack at the end of American star Ariana Grande's show. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Police near the Manchester Arena the morning after the terror attack at the end of American star Ariana Grande's show. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

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Security and policing is under review for two Hatfield music events this weekend following yesterday's terror attack in Manchester.

The Slam Dunk Festival, which hosts touring pop punk, ska punk, metal and alternative rock bands, is set to take place at the University of Hertfordshire on Bank Holiday Monday, May 29.

A separate event at The Forum Hertfordshire, featuring The Specials along with Toots and the Maytals, is taking place on the Sunday.

A police spokeswoman confirmed officers are reviewing security ahead of both events.

Chief Inspector Steve O’Keeffe said: “Police will be in attendance at the Slam Dunk event at the Forum as a matter of course. “Staffing at the events on Sunday and Monday at the Forum are currently under review and resources will be increased if it is deemed necessary.

“We will continue to provide normal public reassurance patrols throughout Welwyn Hatfield and if anyone has concerns they should raise them with their local Safer Neighbourhood Team.”

Dale Murphy, head of security services for the University of Hertfordshire, said: “We can confirm that in light of the recent events in Manchester, the university is reviewing the security arrangements for the Slam Dunk Festival and the Specials gig the day before the festival.

“The University and Hertfordshire Students’ Union take security extremely seriously and ensuring the safety of event goers, artists and our staff is our number one priority. We are working alongside the festival organisers, our security providers and the Police to ensure that both events have adequate security measures in place.”

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