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Martyn's Law: A Step Forward in Public Safety

By William Soden-Barton  •  0 comments  •   2 minute read

Martyn's Law: A Step Forward in Public Safety

In response to the tragic Manchester Arena terrorist attack in 2017, which claimed 22 lives, the UK government has introduced Martyn's Law, formally known as the Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill. Named in honour of Martyn Hett, one of the victims, this legislation aims to enhance the security and preparedness of public venues across the nation. 

What is Martyn's Law?

Martyn's Law mandates that operators of public venues and events implement specific security measures to mitigate the risks and impacts of terrorist attacks. The legislation introduces a 'protect duty' that varies based on the capacity of the premises:

  • Standard TierApplies to venues with a capacity of 100-799 people. These premises must conduct regular evaluations and provide training for relevant staff.
  • Enhanced Tier: Targets venues and events with a capacity of 800 or more. In addition to the standard tier requirements, these venues must conduct enhanced security risk assessments, prepare detailed security plans, and appoint a designated senior officer responsible for security.

Why is Martyn's Law important?

The introduction of Martyn's Law addresses the need for consistent and proactive security measures across various public spaces, including schools, shops, restaurants, theatres, and sports grounds. This law ensures that these venues are not only prepared to respond effectively in the event of an attack but also take preventive steps to protect their patrons.

Implementation Timeline

Martyn's Law is expected to be enacted during the 2023-2024 parliamentary session, with full implementation likely in 2025. This timeline allows businesses and venues adequate time to prepare and comply with the new regulations.

Support and Compliance

The government is committed to supporting businesses in meeting these new requirements. Dedicated guidance and training materials will be provided to help venues implement the necessary security measures effectively. Compliance will be monitored by a designated regulator, who will have the authority to impose sanctions for non-compliance, ensuring that public safety remains a top priority.

Conclusion

Martyn's Law represents a significant advancement in the UK's approach to counter-terrorism, prioritising the safety and security of the public in a wide range of venues. By introducing these mandatory measures, the government aims to make public spaces safer and better prepared for potential threats, honouring the memory of Martyn Hett and all those affected by terrorism.

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