Manchester terror victim mum’s fight moves step closer

The Home Office has said today it will now start consultations on ‘Martyn’s Law’.

The law will require concert venues to better prepare for possible terrorist attacks as well as stronger checks on people entering venues.

It comes following the tireless campaigning of Figen Murray, the mother of Manchester Arena bomb victim Martyn Hett.

Mrs Murray told UCLan Live: “You’re (the government) going to have to introduce Martyn’s Law because I’m not going to go away I’m going to pester you.”

Martyn Hett, 29, was one of 22 people to die following the terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena in 2017.

He was best known on social media for his love of Coronation Street – in particular his Deidre Barlow leg tattoo.

Mrs Murray launched the petition after being “upset to the core” when she went to a concert with her husband following the bomb and finding that security was still lacking despite the atrocity at the end of the Ariana Grande concert.

Figen Murray: Pic: UCLAN

The law has five main requirements:

1) that spaces and places to which the public have access engage with freely available counter-terrorism advice and training.

2) For those places to conduct vulnerability assessments of their operating places and spaces.

3) For those places to mitigate the risks created by the vulnerabilities.

4) Requirement for those places to have a counter-terrorism plan.

5) Requirement for local authorities to plan for the threat of terrorism.

Manchester City Council has already agreed to implement these changes into concert venues across the city.

Arguments against the law are related to cost with some people arguing that buying the equipment needed would put smaller venues out of business.

However, Mrs Murray said: “How do you value the cost of a life?”

She also argued that the cost of six handheld metal detectors is only £130 and all training that has been suggested is free.

When speaking about life after the death of Martyn, she said: “It’s a new normality that is so off the scale we’re in a bubble.”

Mrs Murray attends UCLan every Tuesday where she is studying a master in terrorism, she told UCLan Live how she “makes a point” to come to university every Tuesday as it is “her normal.”

The trial of one of the arena bombers brother and alleged accomplice Hashem Abedi continues this week at the Old Bailey.