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Security concerns at London Stadium during rugby

Fresh concerns over the London Stadium’s security and stewarding has been raised after yesterday’s Rugby game between the Saracens and Harlequins. A supporter in the hospitality suite raised the alarm to security personnel ten mins before the end of the match when he noticed a sizeable North Face bag unattended at the rear of the seats close to the Arnold Hills suite. The supporter who raised the alarm happened to be a safety steward for Walsall football club trained to deal with ‘Code Black’ situations at stadia.  A code black alert is where a suspect package or bomb is found in a stadium.

The rugby supporter called over security who hadn’t noticed it. They asked other supporters close to the area to the bag if it was theirs which everyone said it wasn’t. Then according to the eyewitness one of security personnel pretended to kick the bag when they should have been evacuating the area while a couple of security officers stood there thinking it was a joke.

Eventually, a more senior security officer turned and immediately opened the bag to check it, luckily, in the end, it was a false alarm but in this day and age more care for the supporters should have been applied by trained staff.  According to the supporter who contacted Claret and Hugh, proper protocols were not followed and that is a serious security concern for a such a high profile terrorist target such the London Stadium.

In recent days the London Mayor Sadiq Khan and LLDC chairman Peter Hendy have been quick to point the poor security and stewarding as being a West Ham problem but this recent tale shows there is far more to it.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

One comment on “Security concerns at London Stadium during rugby

  1. Sarries vs Quins – and Sadiq will still say it’s a West Ham problem! If there’s a responsibility to be dodged, the Mayor swerve it.

    Having overseen a growth industry in violent scooter mugging, a huge in increase in knife murders and a complete wrecking of TfL’s budget, WHU is just an easy diversion tactic for a man who’s out of his depth.

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