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Venue security tightened after Manchester Arena attack

Venue security across the UK has been tightened after 22 people were killed and scores injured when a suicide bomber struck at the end of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena.

Security has now been stepped up at all major events taking place in the UK. Wembley Stadium is due to host three high profile football matches, including the FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea, over the coming weekend.

A Wembley spokesman said:

The safety of fans is of paramount importance and we have robust security measures in place at Wembley Stadium connected by EE. In collaboration with the Metropolitan Police and the local authorities there will be an enhanced security operation for all upcoming events.

All supporters attending the upcoming matches at Wembley Stadium are advised to arrive as early as possible to avoid queues and to support commemorations of the tragic events in Manchester.

Fans can be assured that all appropriate security measures are in place for the upcoming matches, which includes thorough searches upon entrance to Wembley Stadium, and they are encouraged to arrive as early as possible to avoid any delays in entering the stadium.  We strongly advise that all supporters arrive at the stadium no later than 1 hour prior kick-off to be inside for the start of the match and we encourage spectators to not bring any bags or unnecessary items with them.

Meanwhile, Lancashire County Cricket Club confirmed that the Courteeners concert on Saturday 27 May at Emirates Old Trafford is going ahead. The club said:

We have continued to work closely with the Police and other authorities. Following advice and guidance from all parties, there will be enhanced resources, patrols and checks in place at the stadium, and the surrounding area on Saturday, to ensure there is clear visibility and reassurance in place for concert-goers and local residents.

An eight-year-old girl was among those killed in Monday’s suicide bombing at Manchester Arena, at the end of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande.

Prime Minister Theresa May said the UK terror threat level has been raised to its highest level of “critical”, meaning further attacks may be imminent.

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