Lockdown! This is what St Helen’s Square looks like now

The new security measures in St Helen's Square. Photographs: Richard McDougall
13 Nov 2019 @ 12.14 pm
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York has always been hot on security – see that huge stone wall that surrounds the city – but this takes it to the next level.

Security blocks and barriers have appeared across the city centre, and they make quite an impact on the eye.

Particularly affected is St Helen’s Square. Barriers run the entire length of the ancient square, surrounding the seats and the Christmas tree.



There is also a yellow, red and white barrier swing barrier in place.

Elsewhere the chrome bollards are in place at the High Ousegate end of Parliament Street.

And other barriers have appeared at the entrance to Spurriergate.

The bollards on Parliament Street


Bollards at the entrance to Spurriergate

City of York Council has installed them as a temporary measure to protect the city from terrorist attack.

Tom Brittain, assistant director of housing and community safety at the council, said:

  • While very rare, terror attacks in the UK can create a lot of concern. With our partners in the police, we are making the city centre more secure than it has ever been, and want to reassure everyone who uses it that we are prepared, alert and ready to help protect them.

Neighbourhood Policing Commander for York and Selby Superintendent Lindsey Butterfield said:

  • Although the terrorist threat level has now been lowered to substantial, we still need to remain vigilant and do everything possible to keep people safe.

    These latest measures are a welcome addition to our existing security plans designed to help keep York safe and secure during the festive season and the weeks leading up to it.