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Armed police patrol Keswick Convention

Sun 16 Jul 2017
By Alex Williams

Armed police and barriers are being brought in to help protect Christians attending the Keswick Convention in Cumbria against any potential terror threat.

Extra security measures are being put in place for the three-week festival, as officials say they are not taking risks in light of recent attacks in Manchester and London. Organisers stress there is no information to suggest a specific threat.

Armed police will patrol the Skiddaw Street and Rawnsley premises, according to the Carlisle-based newspaper, News and Star. Organiser, Keswick Ministries has also hired its own professionally trained security team.


In light of national advice, planter barriers and cars will be parked outside buildings to deter attacks involving vehicles at the event, where approximately 15,000 people expected to attend.

Jutta Devenish, a spokeswoman for Keswick Ministries, told the News and Star: "We have been taking advice from local police over a long period of time.

"They said that as these actions have been recommended on a national basis, they advise us to do the same."

Professor Don Carson, US senior pastor Alistair Begg and theology school principal Ivor Poobalan are among speakers due to address the convention, which runs until 4th August.

A Cumbria Police spokesman told the News and Star: "...people will continue to see a visible police presence throughout the county, including at large events such as Keswick Convention.

"People should not be alarmed by this. Our number one priority is always the safety of members of the public."

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