Victims of Manchester terrorist attack complain of lax security at concert venue
People who attended the Ariana Grande concert on Monday night have taken to Twitter to complain of inadequate checks.
Some users said that while bags were checked, jackets and other clothing were not.
SECURITY IS NOT GOOD AT MANCHESTER ARENA NO ONE WAS CHECKING OUR BAGS OR JACKETS OR ANYTHING!!!— ☾ellie (@bbewhat_ellie) May 22, 2017
Another said the security arrangements had been “horrendous.”
Being there at the concert in Manchester, I'm not surprised someone was able to take something into the arena. Security was horrendous.— JB (@JoshuaJamesBott) May 22, 2017
In a statement released early on Tuesday, Manchester Arena said the attack occurred outside its premises and in a public area.
Stop blaming the security at Manchester Arena. You clearly do not know the layout. It happened outside of the bag check area.— Christina (@CKapaun) May 23, 2017
After a recent Ed Sheeran concert at the same venue a woman complained on Trip Advisor that security checks were minimal.
Identifying herself only as Anna W, the woman wrote: "Went to see Ed Sheeran on Sunday 23rd April concert was great but there was no security on the door which was quite alarming. A female security person just scanned our ticket and didn't check my bag at all.
"Once we got in and bought a bottle of wine the top is taken off so they r (sic) not used as missiles but no check to see if u have any type of weapon/bomb in your bag in these times of terror attacks its not good enough for the crowd or the act on stage. #needs sorting."