By Emily Wallin.
Today (May 22) marks the 5th anniversary of the Manchester Arena terror attack in which 22 people died and more than 800 were injured after an explosion ripped through Ariana Grande’s concert at the Manchester Arena.
Create a legacy
Victim Martyn Hett’s mother (photo)Figen Murray, who has campaigned tirelessly for new anti-terrorism laws in large venues, said NC sister title, FR, she was optimistic about the legacy of the new Protect Duty package coming into effect this year.
There is currently no legislative requirement for organizers or venues to implement counter-terrorism measures in the vast majority of public venues, but new rules could apply to any venue with a capacity of more than 100 people .
The Duty of Care Bill, known as Martyn’s Law, was one of 38 new laws proposed in the Queen’s Speech on May 10.
Murray said: “Five years is obviously a big anniversary. I can’t believe it’s been five years. For me, it’s like it was yesterday. It’s so on my mind and I miss him a lot and I’m sure all the other families feel it just as strongly.
“But there’s a lot of love and support and the progress on Martyn’s Law is really positive. I’m obviously very happy that duty of care was mentioned in the Queen’s Speech. It’s a big not in the right direction, although there are still many parliamentary processes to follow.
“I’m optimistic and feel like more and more people are already applying measures before the laws come into effect. I heard someone who went to see The Script at Liverpool Arena and told me Said the security was really good, I really like the sites doing it on their own.
Counter Terrorism Training
In Manchester, the local authority has made it a condition of permission to attend ACT counter-terrorism training.
“For me, it’s phenomenal,” Murray said. ” It’s really important. I’m so grateful and proud of what Manchester are doing, but it’s great to see the effects go much further.
Next week, Murray will travel to Washington DC to continue campaigning for a version of Martyn’s Law in America.
Murray spent May 21 celebrating the life of her Coronation Street-loving 29-year-old son with friends and family. Today (May 22) she will spend the day quietly alone.
“I won’t be going to Manchester for the birthday proper. I’ve never done that. I don’t find it an easy day to manage. I’ll spend the day for myself and turn off social media,” she said.
Commemorations will be held at the Glade of Light Memorial to the victims in Manchester and at Manchester Cathedral.
Councilor Bev Craig, Leader of Manchester City Council, added: “May 22, 2017 is one of the darkest days in this city’s history. It is hard to believe that five years have passed since those terrible events. We will never forget those whose lives were so cruelly taken, or those whose lives were changed forever on that day.
“But we must also not forget the remarkable spirit shown in the aftermath of the attack as the city came together in solidarity, compassion and refusal to give in to hate and fear. Love turned out to be stronger.”