Bank holiday: Extra armed police to patrol FA cup final and Twickenham

MANCHESTER, England (AP) - Security forces rounded up more suspects Wednesday in the deadly Manchester concert blast and soldiers fanned out across the country to national landmarks as an on-edge Britain tried to thwart the possibility of additional attacks.

The strengthened security is created to make London as "hostile an environment as possible to terrorists".

Arsenal face Chelsea at Wembley, and the authorities have announced that there will heightened security checks, and have encouraged fans to get to the stadium with time to spare and to avoid possible delays.

Jon Rouse of the agency said 64 people were still hospitalized. The police blew the house's door off its frame, to safeguard against booby traps, as shocked neighbors watched. But especially in more sparsely populated areas, police federations have argued that training efforts are proceeding too slowly and that the few armed officers available would likely arrive at the scene of an attack too late.

"This will include extra armed officers on foot patrol around the environs of the Stadium, and the deployment of police armoured vehicles to support road closures".

He says police want the approach to be "unpredictable" and to make London "as hostile an environment as possible to terrorists".

Security will also be tightened around York Racecourse for their meeting on Saturday and at Bramall Lane in Sheffield ahead of Kell Brook's fight against Errol Spence Jr.

The CityGames, which is free to the public and shown live on BBC Two, has been given the go-ahead by Greater Manchester Police and the city council.

Police yesterday said they believed British-born Salman Abedi, aged 22, carried out Britain's deadliest bombing in almost 12 years and Prime Minister Theresa May said another attack could be imminent.

"We are working with event organisers and Manchester City Council to review and enhance our safety and security".

In 2012, thousands of police officers and supporters took to the streets to protest against the budget cuts of 20 percent in England and Wales, with May accused of everything from benefiting from privatizing some police functions to ignoring the plight of officers struggling with lower pay.

In response to the tragedy the United Kingdom government has raised the national threat level from severe to critical, meaning authorities believe a further attack is imminent, and up to 5,000 soldiers could be deployed on the country's streets to help police maintain security.

Increased police numbers will be present at other upcoming events in the capital, including smaller events which may not have had officers previously. It said all the affected families have been contacted and trained officers are supporting them. "Hundreds of friends, parents, children and partners are confronting unimaginable grief today, and we send our thoughts to them all", the Duke of Cambridge said.

In addition, all four teams and match officials taking part in the Sky Bet Play-Off Finals on Sunday and Monday will wear black armbands and observe a period of silence prior to kick-off.

Gary Cahill has admitted that both Chelsea and Arsenal will find it "difficult" to focus on the task at hand in Saturday's FA Cup final following the terror attack in Manchester.

  • Salvatore Jensen