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Baron: Security for event a high priority

Senator Jeff Baron has assured the public that adequate security will be in place at the America's Cup after a deadly terror attack in Manchester.

Speaking this afternoon Mr Baron, the Minister of National Security, said he has been in regular communication with overseas security bodies and that he has confidence in the security both at the America's Cup Village and across the island.

“The result of those conversations have been applied, and as a result of what happened last night, we will continue to have those conversations because we recognise the importance of security at these events,” he said. “I am confident that there are multiple, robust layers of security baked into the entire plan.”

Describing last night's attack as “horrific” and “tragic”, Mr Baron said the targeting of an Ariana Grande concert demonstrated the need for the public to remain alert.

“What it does say is we need an even higher awareness, and awareness levels were already very high before this,” he said.

He compared the security that will be in place at the village to that of a major international airport, explaining that in addition to checking tickets, security staff will be searching vehicles, X-raying visitors and personal items and seizing prohibited items.

“We will be searching all persons and all belongings at the very starting point,” he said.

“We have more than 150 Royal Bermuda Regiment soldiers, men and women, who are going to be deployed to the America's Cup for security. They have been doing a lot of security-based training.

“We will do everything here to make sure that people who go to this event are safe and feel safe.”

Senator Jeff Baron, the national security minister (File photograph)

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Published May 23, 2017 at 7:12 pm (Updated May 24, 2017 at 2:08 am)

Baron: Security for event a high priority

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