This year’s Lumiere festival saw a heightened police presence, including armed police officers, in Durham city centre and at the six other artwork installation sites around County Durham. Police presence was considerably greater than in previous years.
Local police detailed on their website that steel and concrete barriers were installed to prevent potential attackers from using a car as a weapon.
Access to the city centre was ticketed between 4:30pm and 11pm, and one-way systems were put in place in some areas to allow crowds to be managed safely.
There was also a heightened security presence at ticket entry points. with bag and body searches carried out on visitors, including with metal detectors.
These measures came in the wake of the attempted terror attack in Liverpool on Remembrance Sunday, and the subsequent heightening of the UK’s terror alert level to severe.
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