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Royal Shakespeare Company ups security with launch of anti-terror bollards

The Royal Shakespeare Company's base in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Photo: Peter Cook The Royal Shakespeare Company's base in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Photo: Peter Cook
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Anti-terror bollards are to be put up around the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The move is a six-month experiment by Warwickshire County Council as a “response to heightened levels of awareness”, although the council stresses there is no specific threat to Stratford.

The aim of the bollards outside the Royal Shakespeare Company’s home is to protect people from vehicle-ramming terrorist attacks, following a number of such incidents including the 2017 Westminster attack that killed five people.

A Warwickshire County Council spokeswoman said: “After engaging with members of the public, WCC is aiming to put the bollards in place in November 2018.

“This measure is a national response to heightened levels of awareness. There is no specific threat to Stratford.

“The scheme is an experiment that we will be monitoring before making any permanent changes to traffic around the Waterside area.”

Fiona Loveland, RSC head of facilities, said: “Alongside other Stratford organisations, we have been working with Warwickshire County Council and Stratford District Council as they have developed their plans to step up security measures around the town.

“We want to make sure we are doing all we can to keep visitors and staff safe, and welcome this temporary traffic order as a trial measure to protect areas where a lot of people gather.”

A spokesman confirmed there is understood to be no immediate threat to the RSC.

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