LONDON (CelebrityAccess) — As the UK gears up for a busy festival season, one of the UK's highest ranking anti-terrorism officers said that the country will be on "high alert" for potential terror attacks.
In a recent interview, deputy assistant police commissioner Neil Basu, who oversees the UK's protective security told the Sunday Times, that music festivals were "right at the top of the agenda", noting that they provided a security challenge over fixed venues due to their size and the fact that their "perimeters are much larger".
"These people are perfectly happy to target civilians with the maximum terror impact. Crowded places were always a concern for us, but now they are right at the top of the agenda," Basu told the Times. "The threat has become more difficult, because it's now potentially any time any place, anywhere."
Basu was careful to note that the government had received no specific information regarding threats against a festival.
Basu also called for stricter security measures at smaller venues, such as the Bataclan Theatre in Paris as he sees them as a particularly tempting target for would-be attackers. – Staff Writers