New safety measures protect 1m Christmas Market visitors

Large steel and concrete barriers have been placed around the Christmas Markets for the first time this year and armed officers will patrol the area, measures which seek to make people feel as safe as possible while enjoying everything the city has to offer over the festive period.

The new barriers have been placed around Albert Square and firearms officers will patrol the markets there and at other sites across the city.

Superintendent Chris Hill from GMP said: “People’s natural response when they see extra security can sometimes be one of fear or concern, worrying that the extra measures mean that it’s more dangerous. I want to assure people that we are strengthening protective security as an extra precaution to keep people as safe as possible, and it should make people feel more comfortable and reassured about attending events like the Christmas Markets. Our priority is the safety and security of all those attending or involved.

“This has been a difficult year for the city and we must never forget the people who have been affected. However, we have already all come together and shown our strength and determination to carry on enjoying our day to day lives. I want to encourage everyone to do the same. We are here and we’re doing everything that we can to keep you safe.”

Cllr Pat Karney from Manchester City Council said: “Visitors to our markets will see the precautionary measures we are taking to make sure everyone who visits the city feels safe, and that they know we have done everyone we can to make their visit enjoyable.

“We have worked closely with the GMP to make sure the security in place is as robust as possible, and we look forward to welcoming the millions of visitors to our Christmas Markets over the next six weeks.”

Greater Manchester Police and Manchester City Council are expecting millions of visitors to the world famous markets this year.