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Brown to announce airport and train station security improvements

14.11.07

Measures to give better protection against terror attacks at stations, airports and other potential targets will be announced today, under plans to be unveiled by Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Restaurants, cinemas, schools and hospitals will also be instructed to improve security arrangements, according to the Sun newspaper.

The new security measures follow a review by Lord West, the minister for security and counter terrorism, initiated in June after the attack on Glasgow Airport and the discovery of two car bombs in London.

The recommended measures include boosting the use of properly trained door staff who can identify threats at potential targets, such as sports stadiums and shopping centres. Access roads to stations and airports will also be updated so that vehicles can not build up speed as they approach them.

Lord West has also been examining ways of strengthening security in crowded public areas and has called for architects to include anti-terror features in new buildings. He told BBC Radio 4: 'There are very real threats. The design in the past of certain buildings and certain places do not make it easy to counter terrorist attacks on them.'

'If a bomb goes off, we have actually built into them the shrapnel that will kill and injure people. We can actually do things to make this better. From now on, must make sure we design in counter terrorism measures just as we do counter crime measures.'

Mr Brown is also due to unveil details of a planned 'Border Force' combining immigration, customs and visa staff he announced in July, along with electronic screening of all passengers and tougher biometric visa requirements. There is also speculation that he may announce a relaxation of air hand luggage rules.

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