Progress of Martyn's Law in the UK
The current United Kingdom terror threat level is 'substantial', level 3 of 5, meaning 'an attack is likely'. However, the nature of terrorism has changed towards a 'DIY' terrorism. The security and legislative structure in the UK is more focused on organised terrorism, but terrorism has become a lot less structured.
Now a lot more onus falls upon venues and events themselves to do more to ensure their security. Terrorists unfortunately select what they perceive to be soft or exposed targets, so it is vital that staff are trained and have the processes in place to minimise the likelihood and impact of attacks.
A public consultation has now been launched for Martyn's Law, with the government backing plans last year before being delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The 18-week consultation will work with organisations such as the counter-terror police to refine the legislation, including who would fall under it.