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Martyn’s Law

Martyn’s Law will keep people safe, reducing the risk to the public from terrorist attacks at public venues.

The Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill was included in the King’s Speech in November 2023, which outlined the Government’s legislative programme for the Parliamentary Session.

This Bill is widely known as Martyn’s Law, in tribute to Martyn Hett who was tragically killed in the Manchester Arena terrorist attack in 2017, alongside 21 others.

The Bill will raise the security standard throughout the UK requiring a base level of security procedures to be in place at premises and events. It will enhance public safety by ensuring there is better preparedness for, and protection from, terrorist attacks. 

It will establish a tiered model, linked to the activity of the premise or event and its capacity:

Enhanced tier – This will apply to premises and events with a capacity of 800 or more individuals.

Standard tier – This will apply to premises and events with a capacity of between 100 and 799 individuals.

Useful resources

The Home Office has published a Martyn’s Law Factsheet, which it regularly updates, with the latest information, and how venue’s can start to prepare. Terrorism (Protection of premises) draft bill: overarching documents

Further information about Martyn’s Law is available from the Protect UK website.

The Government is currently consulting on the standard tier. The consultation closes on 18 March 2024.

Figen Murray interview

For the SGSA Conference 2023, we recorded an interview with Figen Murray, mother of Martyn Hett, who has fought tirelessly for the introduction of Martyn’s Law.

You can see watch the interview below:

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