Excel London ramps up security after Paris terror attacks

An international conference centre has beefed its security measures following the murderous attacks in Paris.

David Pegler, CEO, Excel London, said the venue is working with the Inkerman Group to receive the latest counter-terrorism advice.

There were seven coordinated terror attacks in Paris on Friday carried out by Islamist militants, killing at least 129 people.

The first attacks were launched simultaneously, with two explosions close to the Stade de France at just after 9.20pmt.

The explosions came as France hosted and international friendly match with Germany.

Scotland Yard said it was urgently reviewing its tactics to deal with the same kind of simultaneous attacks in London.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the commissioner of the Metropolitan Police said: “The scale of the attacks and the range of weaponry used by the terrorists are a serious cause for concern,” he admitted but reassured the public that its firearms teams were “trained to deal with this kind of incident and we are constantly evolving new ways to combat the threats to public safety”.

Pegler said: “Firstly, on behalf of ExCeL London, I would like to express our sincere condolences following the terrible events in Paris last Friday. Our thoughts are with the people of France, especially the families and those personally affected by this tragedy. In light of the recent events, ExCeL is continuing to work closely with the local police, clients and security providers to ensure the safety of people in our venue at all times. Additional security measures have been put into place and ensuring that everyone is vigilant is a top priority. For future events we will continue to work closely with the police, our organisers and the Inkerman Group, who provide us with security intelligence, to help ensure the continued safety of ExCeL and the people who visit us.”

It has emerged that the Black Tomato Agency evacuated 85 people from Paris to London on Saturday, following the terror attacks.

The incentive group was told to stay in the restaurant until the attacks stopped, before being guided back to their hotels on Friday night.

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