Should Gloucester shopping centres up their security after Kenya attack?
Calls for random stop and search checks to be carried out in shopping centres in Britain following the recent terrorist attack in Kenya have been met with sympathy from people in Gloucester but are felt not to be necessary.
Islamists from the al-Shabab organisation, said to be affiliated to al-Qaeda, have claimed responsibility for the siege in the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi which left 72 dead - including five militants - and nearly 200 people injured.
Leading up to the terrorist incident at the Westgate shopping mall security checks there were said to have been “perfunctory”.
With the thought of ‘copycat’ terrorist attack being a possibility in Britain, the idea of checking searching people and their belongings in shopping centres has been raised as a way to prevent any future planned attacks.
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Charlotte Jarrett, deputy centre manager for the Eastgate shopping centre in Gloucester said: “It is natural after such devastating events to review the measures in place.
“With the volume of shoppers coming through the shopping centre every day, we have procedures in place that remain practical to provide our shoppers with a safe environment.
“We also have a dedicated and skilled security team working on site to do just this.”