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Pranksters sneak into Kendrick Lamar concert disguised as clean-up crew

ByRebecca Atkins

Updated: May 17, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Some might call it the perfect crime, while others might say it was just plain stupid. Two local college students disguised as the “clean up crew” snuck into the Kendrick Lamar concert Tuesday night with ease.

They documented the whole thing on social media as they dressed up like members of the “clean up crew,” wearing orange vests and toting giant trashcans they got at Wal-Mart.

“We are doing the employee parking they said,” said the girl in the video.

Then, they were let right in through the employee entrance. The guy and girl then headed to a Porta-Potty to take off their disguises.

“Don’t know what to do with this,” said the girl about her uniform.

Once they ditched the clothes, they then enjoyed the show, blending in among the sea of paying concertgoers.

While some people have commended their actions, not everyone is a fan of what they did.

“It’s a form of theft, you’re stealing from the artist, you’re stealing from the venue and it’s unacceptable,” said Kymberlee Boetcher.

She works at the Isleta Amphitheater and said it also presents concerns about safety.

“After all the incidents, like the Ariana Grande concert and stuff like that, there’s a lot of security concerns,” she said.

And clearly, these two had no trouble walking in like they worked there.

“I’m gonna give their names to my boss… I hope they get in trouble,” she said.

KRQE News 13 reached out to Live Nation, which hosts events at the venue. Live Nation is aware of the incident, but have yet to comment on the matter or the safety concerns it raises.

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1 injured, 1 dead in shooting at Ballpark Village near Busch Stadium in St. Louis

1 injured, 1 dead in shooting at Ballpark Village near Busch Stadium in St. Louis

Ryan Young,Yahoo Sports, 4/30/18

Two people were shot during an event at Ballpark Village in downtown St. Louis, right across from Busch Stadium, on Sunday night, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

One of the victims was shot in the head and was unresponsive, and the other was shot in the thigh. Both were taken to the hospital. Early Monday morning, police told local St. Louis news station KSDK that one of the victims had died from their injuries. The shooter escaped from police, and is still on the loose, according to the Post-Dispatch.

From the Post-Dispatch:

St. Louis police Maj. Mary Warnecke said several hundred people were at a ticketed event on the rooftop level of the Budweiser Brew House when an argument broke out about 8 p.m. Someone pulled a gun and fired. She said it’s believed the people struck were innocent bystanders. Both are men in their 30s.

Ballpark Village sits just across the street from Busch Stadium, and is an integral part of every St. Louis Cardinals home game. The Cardinals played a day game against the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Sunday. They will play next at home on Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox.

“We are shocked and saddened by the senseless shooting at a private event at Ballpark Village Sunday night,” the Cardinals said in a statement. “There is nothing more important to us than the safety of our guests. We are praying for the victims and their families and we are working in every way possible to help the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department with their investigation, including their effort to apprehend the individual responsible. We are grateful that our security staff and the St. Louis Police Officers on site were able to respond so quickly to help care for the victims. We are urging anyone with information about what took place to contact the St. Louis Police Department or Crime Stoppers.”

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Bomb Blast at Packed Somalia Soccer Stadium Kills Five Fans

By Associated Press

April 12, 2018

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A bomb exploded at a packed football stadium in southern Somalia and killed five spectators while wounding several others, police said Thursday evening.

The Somalia-based, al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion in the port town of Barawe. Witnesses said the bomb had been buried in the sandy stadium and went off during the local-level match.

Most of the eight people wounded were in serious condition and were being treated at a local hospital, police Col. Abdirizak Ahmed told The Associated Press.

Barawe once was a key al-Shabab stronghold before Somali and African Union forces seized the town and drove out the extremists, who had banned sports activities in areas under their control. Al-Shabab still has a large presence in Lower Shabelle region and has carried out several attacks in the town.

The extremist group often targets high-profile areas of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, and it was blamed for the October truck bombing there that killed 512 people in the country’s deadliest-ever attack. Only a few attacks worldwide since 9/11 have killed more people.

A month before the October bombing Mogadishu celebrated its first nighttime football match in decades, with many residents calling it a step forward in a fragile recovery from decades of violent chaos. And late last year the country’s football federation announced its intention to start hosting international matches this year, citing what it called an improving security situation.

The Horn of Africa nation continues to struggle to counter al-Shabab, which has been called the deadliest Islamic extremist group in sub-Saharan Africa. Concerns have been high over plans to hand over the country’s security to Somalia’s military as a 21,000-strong African Union force begins a withdrawal that is expected to be complete in 2020.

The U.S. military, which has stepped up efforts against al-Shabab in the past year with dozens of drone strikes, has said Somali forces are not yet ready.

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Dodgers Investigate Allegations of Security Beating Fan

by Sarah Batcha
March 2018
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The Daily News of Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Dodgers are investigating claims Friday that a fan was severely beaten by stadium security on Opening Day.

Dodger security and Los Angeles Police Department officers were allegedly seen in a video captured by a witness holding someone down as they took him into custody at Dodger Stadium Thursday.

Franco Rodriguez of Norco told ABC7 “there was about 10 of them completely all punching me in my face, throwing blows to the side of my stomach, kicking me.”

Rodriguez had his injuries photographed after he left a hospital Friday morning. He said that he wasn’t drunk and that it started when he was watching another fan “getting a hard time from security.”

Rodriguez told ABC7 he asked officers what the problem was, and the next thing he knew, he was being escorted out of the stadium. It was unclear what caused his expulsion from the game.

“My whole side of my legs are completely bruised from the kneeing that they were doing,” Rodriguez told ABC7. “It’s nothing that I’m making up because they have footage. It will all show what they did to me.”

What also hurts Rodriguez is that he said he’s been a die-hard Dodger fan for nearly two decades. He also told ABC7 that he spent $15,000 for his family to attend last year’s World Series. He also said he isn’t sure what he wants to do next.

“I’m definitely going to voice my opinion to them and I will hear them out, just like they need to hear me out also,” he said.

Police officers responded to what they called “a private person’s citizen’s arrest,” LAPD Officer Tony Im told City News Service.

“Security called us and we responded to the location,” Im said.

Rodriguez was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries and the responding officers took a “crime report, alleging a battery had taken place,” Im said.

Rodriguez was named as the suspect, Im said.

“The report will be eventually turned over to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office which could decide to file a misdemeanor charge against Rodriguez,” Im said.

The team issued a statement saying “we are investigating the matter and have no further comment at this time.”

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Police arrest 6 accused of planning stabbing rampage during Berlin Half Marathon

Police arrest 6 accused of planning stabbing rampage during Berlin Half Marathon

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr. April 8, 2018

German authorities had been watching the suspected terrorists for weeks.

Tipped off by a foreign intelligence agency, they believed at least one of them had a link to Anis Amri, a Tunisian who barreled a truck through a Berlin Christmas market in the last Islamic terrorist attack on German soil, according to the Associated Press. Police were watching one suspect’s movements around the clock.

On Sunday police said they arrested the man and five co-conspirators and foiled an alleged plot intended to inflict horror. The arrested men had planned to wade through dense crowds of runners and spectators at the Berlin Half Marathon, using knives to slash at anyone in reach, authorities said. Police have not released the names of the men who have been detained or any information about the charges they face.

More than 36,000 people participated in the event, setting an attendance record, according to the BBC. The race was guarded by more than 630 police officers and went off undisturbed.

“In the run-up to the Berlin Half Marathon, there were isolated indications that the six detainees, between the ages of 18 and 21, may have been involved in the preparation of a crime in connection with this event,” the Berlin police department said in a statement on its website.

Police said they were also on alert after a man plowed a van into a crowd  in the northern German city of Münster on Saturday, killing two and injuring 20 others.

Investigators have not released a motive, but said the man was a “psychologically disturbed” German national and that they don’t suspect a link to terrorism, according to The Washington Post’s Souad Mekhennet and Michael Birnbaum. The man had had several run-ins with local police, including a time when he threatened his father with an ax.

Still, “the attack sparked fears on a continent that has been hit repeatedly by attacks in which vehicles have been turned into weapons in crowded city centers,” Mekhennet and Birnbaum reported.

In Berlin, police conducted raids before the race started, including at a house that was searched after the Christmas market attack, CBS News reported. In one of the homes, search dogs indicated the presence of explosives, although police haven’t released more details.

On Sunday, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said the government would do everything it can to protect citizens. “We have again experienced that absolute security is unfortunately not possible,” he said, according to CBS News.

Still, the German anti-terror apparatus has been bolstered in the past two years.

According to Reuters, after Amri’s attack, German leaders called for tougher security measures. No major Islamist attack has been carried out in the country since then.

The Berlin Half Marathon has been held annually in Germany’s capital since the early 1980s and now attracts tens of thousands of runners from around the world. Erick Kiptanui, of Kenya, won Sunday’s race in 58 minutes, 42 seconds, a course record that equaled the fastest time in the world this year, race organizers said on their website.

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Can Spctator Seating Be Both Steep and Safe

Can Spectator Seating Be Both Steep and Safe?

by Matt Rossetti
April 2018

The Bell Centre in Montreal is known as one of the NHL’s most intimidating venues for visiting players, mainly due to a large lower bowl and steep upper-bowl seating. In fact, Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland stated that from a player’s perspective, this type of design makes it seem like “everybody is on top of you.”

In addition to the home-team advantage the design provides, it also gives fans better sightlines to the action and lets them feel more engaged in the event due to such close proximity. This is an increasingly important factor, as in-person attendance for sporting events continues to decline and ownership groups seek new solutions to provide a better live experience.

But that proximity carries a potentially steep price. Fan accidents at the 19,000-seat Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., have led to at least four lawsuits resulting from fans tripping and falling in the arena’s steep upper bowl. More commonly, fans attending events at arenas with steep stairs complain of experiencing vertigo. Looking up at seemingly endless rows of seating can make fans feel as though they are falling.

These types of incidents have raised some serious and difficult questions. At a time when owners and their architects are facing mounting pressure to improve the fan experience to halt and reverse dropping attendance rates, is there a way to prioritize both the fan experience and fan safety without compromising either?

Safe space

The short answer is yes, but it requires owners and venue designers to think creatively about new and unique solutions that evolve existing design elements in exciting ways.

Take the gondola seating in Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena, which opened last September. This section features a suspended steel frame that hangs from the arena roof, giving fans, broadcasters and team personnel in the gondola an unobstructed bird’s-eye view of the action.

This concept isn’t all that new, however. It actually takes cues from Maple Leaf Gardens, which opened in 1931, as well as the Chase Bridge in Madison Square Garden. Maple Leaf Gardens featured a broadcast booth perched five stories up that was said to look “like the gondola of a cruise ship.” When Little Caesars Arena was built, it incorporated this idea of a high-level vantage point, but evolved it into a separate seating structure that hangs from the roof rafters more than 90 feet above the playing surface.

As a safety measure, the gondola seating in Little Caesars Arena features clear Plexiglas barriers in the front row to keep fans secure, with waist-high drink rails performing the same function for fans in the back row.

A new era of arena design

Other innovative architects and arena design professionals are going a step further and completely rethinking the traditional arena design.

Consider that even though stairs have gotten steeper, bringing fans closer to the action, the foundational principles of arena design haven’t changed much in the thousands of years since Roman times, with seating progressively moving up and away from the playing surface.

With live entertainment competing with modern home-entertainment technologies that make the home viewing experience that much better, the in-person experience needs to give fans something they can’t get at home.

One promising new model begins by upending some of the most basic tenets of arena design. Conceived as a way to preserve and enhance arena excitement while integrating the immersive qualities of an intimate environment, the inverted bowl is a proprietary concept that has been developed and tested over the past seven-plus years. The inverted bowl design solves the steep-upper-deck dilemma by doing something unexpected: it doesn’t back away, it leans in — with revolutionary balcony seating that catapults viewers closer to the action. The result is broadcast-quality views that are up to 50 percent closer.

The inverted bowl doesn’t just preserve fan safety — it prioritizes it. Larger landings and less crowding minimizes the chances of accidents and keeps fans away from edges — all without compromising viewing positions.

Typical inverted bowl design features four tiers, with each tier seating roughly 2,000 spectators in three rows of seating. Dividing the upper bowl into multiple tiers means guests will navigate fewer stairs to get into and out of their seats. This compartmentalizes the population, allowing for lower density on the concourses, which reduces the chance of panic and crowding in an emergency.

Additionally, a tier of only three rows greatly reduces the vertigo experienced in a steep upper bowl. A spectator seated in the last row of a typical 20-row upper bowl may have to traverse nearly 60 steps to get to their row, and then precariously sidestep in front of seated spectators to access their seat. By comparison, the number of steps in the tiers of the inverted bowl never exceeds 10, which is akin to a typical two-story residence.

A stationary seat with a swing mechanism secures patrons in their seats, and instead of walking in front of other fans to access a seat, individuals walk safely behind the swivel chairs, keeping passersby safely behind tall chair backs. This is achieved by designing each row to be 25 percent deeper than that of the typical upper bowl, adding an additional 12 inches of space for spectators to circulate comfortably. There has never been a bowl designed where fans step behind the seats — a solution that keeps both seated viewers and passersby safe and comfortable.

Concepts like this have the potential to inspire a new generation of arena design and a new era in live entertainment. As more venue designers look beyond traditional conventions to create novel — even unorthodox — venue concepts, the sky’s the limit in terms of upper-level seating and fan engagement.

This article originally appeared in the April 2018 issue of Athletic Business with the title “Do steep arena bowls compromise spectator safety?.

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TEEX helps Minneapolis emergency personnel prepare for Super Bowl LII

2/1/18

COLLEGE STATION – More than 1,100 emergency responders in the Minneapolis metropolitan area are better prepared for the upcoming Super Bowl LII thanks, in part, to training they received from the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).

Over the past three years, TEEX training for Minneapolis-area emergency personnel has focused on critical infrastructure protection, threat and risk assessment, sports and special events risk management, incident management, disaster response, cyber incident preparedness, response to hazmat/WMD incidents, and protective measures for biological incidents. In the lead-up to this year’s Super Bowl, more than 40 specialized courses were delivered by TEEX’s National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center® (NERRTC) as part of the Homeland Security National Training Program.

On Feb. 4, more than 66,000 fans will descend on the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis for the NFL’s pinnacle event, where the New England Patriots will face the Philadelphia Eagles. Up to 1 million people are expected to visit the fan festival, Super Bowl LIVE, and the NFL Experience. Law enforcement officers from 40 jurisdictions will be on duty during the event, which is categorized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a Level One Special Event Assessment Rating, meaning it has the highest threat level to public safety. It also qualifies the city for federal resources.

“We delivered emergency preparedness and response training to emergency personnel and officials in the Minneapolis area in cooperation with the other members of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium® and with our partners at the University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security,” said Jesse Watkins, Director of Operations for NERRTC. “This training is DHS/FEMA-funded and offered nationwide at no cost to the individual participants.”

TEEX is already working with city officials and emergency managers in Atlanta, the site of Super Bowl LIII, and has begun offering training to emergency personnel in the area. They are also meeting with officials in Miami, the site of Super Bowl LIV in 2020.

About TEEX

The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is an internationally recognized leader in the delivery of emergency response, homeland security and workforce training, exercises, technical assistance, and economic development. A member of The Texas A&M University System, TEEX served more than 173,000 people from across the United States and 75 countries last year through hands-on training and technical services.

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Security deployed at Super Bowl is largest in Minnesota history

Security deployed at Super Bowl is largest in Minnesota history

It’s an enormously complex effort involving hundreds of officers from 60 police departments across the state, 40 federal agencies, the Guard and more.
By Star Tribune

January 27, 2018

Tiny Ely in northern Minnesota — population 3,400 — decided to send nearly 30 percent of its police department to the Twin Cities to lend a hand with security for Super Bowl LII. That’s two of the town’s seven officers.

“You start thinking about your guys, they work in this little small town, it would be a different experience for them,” said Ely Police Chief John Lahtonen.

Ely’s finest will be joining the largest security detail ever deployed in Minnesota — and in Super Bowl history — an enormously complex effort involving hundreds of officers from 60 police departments across the state, 40 federal agencies and related offices, 400 members of the Minnesota National Guard, and private contractors.

It took two years to plan security for Super Bowl LII, where the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles will face off in U.S. Bank Stadium Feb. 4, as well as the phalanx of parties and events leading up to the big day. The game itself is expected to draw more than 100 million television viewers.

About $5 million has been set aside by the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee for public safety, public works and other costs associated with the game and festivities. The committee is also reimbursing the state $1.08 million for deployment of the National Guard. “Our goal is to keep the city open, vibrant and safe during the Super Bowl,” said Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, whose department is leading the security effort.

The Department of Homeland Security attaches a Level 1 “special event assessment rating” to the event, the highest security designation available, because of the game’s broad national and international reach. “This is a high-profile event with a lot of visibility, not just in the United States, but all over the world,” said Tim Bradley, a security expert with Florida-based IMG GlobalSecur. “So it’s an attractive target [for terrorists] in that sense. However, the amount of security makes it less attractive for someone who wants to launch an attack.”

Law-enforcement officials are circumspect when asked to detail their efforts. The challenge ranges from thwarting potential terrorist attacks to reining in fanatical Patriots and Eagles fans.

“Part of the planning is crowd management and addressing behaviors of all types of individuals,” said Minneapolis Police spokesman John Elder. “This includes the over-jubilant and unruly.”

Anyone visiting downtown Minneapolis can detect hints of beefed-up security: Streets have been closed, a chain-link fence and concrete barriers now surround the Downtown East park near the stadium, part of its secure perimeter. Parking garages have some exits blocked. And in days to come, more and more officers will take to the streets.

Unseen security tools likely include license-plate readers, social media tracking of possible threats, radiation detectors and hundreds of temporary surveillance cameras to supplement existing public and private cameras, security experts say. From an emergency management perspective, mass fatality plans will be similar to those used for plane crashes, according to a Super Bowl subcommittee report, first reported by Public Record Media.

Recently, Minneapolis City Council Member Steve Fletcher asked Arradondo whether his Downtown East neighborhood will be “a really fun party” or a “military occupation.” The chief assured him it wouldn’t be the latter.

A command center to coordinate security efforts has been set up near U.S. Bank Stadium, the location of which has not been divulged. It has even been scrubbed from public documents for security reasons.

Halo Stafford, senior business manager of the Edition apartments hemming the Downtown East park, has hired a 10-member team to check people entering the 195-unit complex. Edition has also limited the number of people permitted in the complex (one guest for every 200 square feet), denied requests for extra keys, and is closely watching short-term rental sites like Airbnb to make sure none of the units is being rented to third parties for the event.

“It has been very pricey doing all of this to keep residents safe,” Stafford said, noting some residents have grumbled about the added security. U.S. Bank Stadium is unique because of its urban setting, unlike suburban Super Bowl venues at previous sites, such as Houston, Phoenix and Santa Clara, Calif.

But every site has its own challenges, said Matt Slinkard, executive assistant chief of the Houston Police Department. “Houston is 640 square miles. The city is very spread out and we had events happening in an area that is very large,” Slinkard said. “That was somewhat of a challenge.”

Less challenging was mustering law enforcement to help: Houston has some 5,200 officers, far more than Minneapolis’ head count of 840. Houston got help from federal authorities, too. “It’s a big stage and no one jurisdiction can handle it. You have to be flexible to respond to the unforeseen, like a large party that may come up at the last minute,” or traffic snarls.

All told, security in Houston cost $5.5 million, plus an additional $1.6 million for security at NRG Stadium.

Metro Transit officials have dubbed the event “the first transit Super Bowl” — the host committee hopes 20,000 of the 67,000 fans attending the game will take public transportation.

Providing fans access to transit while maintaining service to workday passengers has proved challenging for Metro Transit, however. The game-day plan calls for some 15,000 ticket holders to be screened at the Mall of America before they board the Blue Line light rail. The train will proceed to the stadium, but no one else will be permitted to board. A similar system will be used on the Green Line, where Super Bowl ticket holders will be screened at the Stadium Village stop at the University of Minnesota. The cost: $30 a ticket.

Regular transit riders will take replacement buses until LRT gets back on track Sunday night after the game. This plan caused a storm of controversy when announced last fall. Some transit passengers questioned why wealthy football patrons get preferential treatment.

All told, the Metro Transit Police Department expects to incur $418,000 in Super Bowl-related security costs — all of which will be repaid from security grants.

Metro Transit Deputy Chief of Police A.J. Olson told the Metropolitan Council he has confidence in the security plan. Law enforcement has “the ability when it really matters most to take all of our huge egos … and tuck them in a drawer and get the job done. We don’t worry too much about who gets the credit or blame,” Olson said.

In recent years, lone-wolf attacks, such as the bombing at the Boston Marathon in 2013, and deadly vehicle-ramming attacks, such as those in Nice, France, and New York City, have increased.

These attacks involve “turning an easily acquired vehicle into a weapon to kill or maim in places where citizens presume they are safe. No firearms have to be acquired or bombs made,” said Brian Michael Jenkins, of the Mineta National Transportation Safety and Security Center. But, he notes, vehicle rammings are not as lethal as might be thought, and can be thwarted to some degree by bollards and extra security.

“Of all the risks we face in everyday life, being killed by a terrorist under any circumstances, we’re talking lottery odds,” Jenkins said.

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Super Bowl fan event in Minneapolis replaces security firm: report

By Dom Calicchio | Fox News  2/3/18

The company providing security to Super Bowl Live, a nightly fan event in Minneapolis connected to Sunday’s NFL championship game, has been replaced because of insufficient background checks on its employees, according to a published report.

EPG Security Group, based in Minneapolis, had been left shorthanded after several of its employees were “yanked away” by federal authorities, a Minneapolis police lieutenant told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

One security guard on duty at the event turned out to be a convicted felon, Lt. Bob Kroll told the newspaper, and then federal agents “did checks on other guys.”

The Super Bowl Host Committee replaced EPG with G4S, another Minnesota-based company, the newspaper reported.

100,000 visitors expected

Super Bowl Live is a carnival-like event that has operated on the streets of Minneapolis since Jan. 26, in the run-up to Sunday’s game between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles. It was expected to attract a total of more than 100,000 visitors, the Star-Tribune reported.

Despite the change in security, there have been no significant problems at the event, the newspaper reported.

The Super Bowl Host Committee declined to comment on the situation, but a spokeswoman issued the following statement:

“Safety and security is and always has been our top priority. We don’t comment on the security measures in place except to say that all efforts are part of an integrated, multilayered partnership with all levels of law enforcement. We are confident that the security measures in place are appropriate and effective.”

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Report: Manchester Attack Might Have Been Prevented

7:56 AM, Tuesday, 12/05/2017
By: Gideon Gottfried

An independent assessment of the UK’s domestic intelligence agency MI5 and police reveals that the May 22 attack on Manchester Arena might have been prevented, had authorities appreciated the available intelligence.  AP Photo / Rui Vieira Manchester AftermathA fan leaves the Park Inn hotel in central Manchester, England, May 23

David Anderson QC, the UK’s former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, penned the report dubbed “Attacks in London and Manchester.” In June, Anderson was hired by the UK’s home secretary to provide independent quality assurance to police and MI5 reviews of the four terrorist attacks on London and Manchester between March and June 2017.

The report states “it is conceivable that the Manchester attack in particular might have been averted had the cards fallen differently.”

Emphasizing that the report’s aim wasn’t to blame anybody but rather learn from mistakes, Anderson comes to the conclusion that MI5’s intelligence on the attacker Salman Abedi “can be seen to have been highly relevant to the planned attack” in retrospect.

MI5 had closed Abedi as a subject of interest (SOI) after an investigation in 2014. According to the report, the agency has a process of identifying subjects it previously lost interest in, but who merited further examination, “using targeted data exploitation and other automated techniques.”

Abedi had fallen into that category, and a meeting, which had been arranged before the May 22 attack, was due to take place on May 31 to reassess his case.

Anderson’s review team concluded, that the decision to close Abedi as a SOI was “sound on the basis of the information available at the time,” and that the significance of the intelligence MI5 handled in early 2017 “was not appreciated at that time.”

Peter Byrne / PA via APManchester Arena ExplosionsArmed police gather at Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig in Manchester, England, May 22. Police say there are “a number of fatalities” after reports of an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England

The report also notes that despite Abedi’s status as a closed SOI, “an opportunity was missed by MI5 to place Salman Abedi on ports action following his travel to Libya in April 2017. This would have triggered an alert when he returned shortly before the attack, which could have enabled him to be questioned and searched at the airport by CT Policing under Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000.”

The reviewers emphasize, however, that “there is a high degree of inherent uncertainty in speculating as to what might or might not have been discovered if an investigation had been opened on the basis of the new intelligence; but that on the clear balance of professional opinion, a successful pre-emption of the gathering plot would have been unlikely.”

Manchester City Council recently pointed out that it felt let down by the UK government, describing its financial aid in the May 22 aftermath as insufficient. Theresa May subsequently pledged that Manchester would receive the financial support it needed, which could be up to £28 million, according to the city’s mayor Andy Burnham.

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