Wednesday 22 November 2017

Backpacks banned at Dublin's 3Arena show following Manchester bombing

Shawn Mendes, REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Shawn Mendes, REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Daniel O'Connor

The 3Arena have introduced stricter security restrictions including the banning of all “backpacks, larger purses and bags,” ahead of tomorrow night’s Shawn Mendes concert.

The updated protocols prevent anyone with a bag or purse measuring above 4.5in/11.4cm x 6.5in/16.51cm from entering the building.

Other new security protocols include full body pat down searches and/or a metal detector searches.

All pockets will also need to be emptied completely and viewed by security during this new search process.

Speaking to Independent.ie, a spokesperson for the 3Arena confirmed the new security measures have been introduced in response to the recent terror attack at the Manchester Arena last Monday night during an Ariana Grande concert.

However, it was not confirmed if the new security restrictions will be implemented permanently at the venue.

The new protocols were announced in a post on the 3Arena Facebook page which encourages fans to arrive  early and avoid wearing additional layers when possible.

"Reviewing the above policies in advance and adhering to them the night of the show will ensure that everyone gains entry to the venue in a safe and timely manner,” the statement reads.

“As always, we encourage fans to arrive early and we thank you in advance. Due to these security checks it will understandably take longer for customers to gain entry into the venue.”

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