By Matt Fortune
Arsenal's Emirates Stadium has been chosen to demonstrate how major structures in Britain should be built to counter the threat of terrorism.
The Government's Counter Terrorism and Security Minister, Lord West visited the Club's home on Wednesday morning. The visit coincided with the publishing of his report into the vulnerability of crowded places to a terror attack.
He was joined on his tour by Arsenal Director Ken Friar, who was very much involved in the construction of Emirates Stadium, as well as Match Commander Richard Woolford.
Speaking in front of the famous cannons on Hornsey Road, Lord West was delighted with the success of the stadium.
"Here we have an example of exactly what we want to happen across Britain," he said. "That is, in the initial design phase they thought 'terrorism is an issue so how can we make it safer for all the people that will come here?'
"And by thinking about it early, consequently you can ensure the right safety measures have been addressed and it still looks super. I was keen to come up here to show that this is a classic example.
"It is most impressive from what I have seen so far, so very well done [to Arsenal] on that. It is crucial that everywhere can be like this."Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 14 Nov 2007