Fans asked to arrive at Elton John’s Ipswich gig early for stringent searches following Manchester bombing

Sir Elton John is performing at Ipswich Town Football Club on Saturday. Picture: MELANIE ESCOMBE

Sir Elton John is performing at Ipswich Town Football Club on Saturday. Picture: MELANIE ESCOMBE - Credit: Archant

Security will be stepped up during Elton John’s concert in Ipswich this weekend, with ticket-holders warned to expect full bag and body searches.

The extra precautions are being taken in the wake of the terrorist attack on Manchester Arena last month, when a suicide bomber let off a deadly explosive device during an Ariana Grande gig.

Elton John is scheduled to play at Ipswich Town Football Club in Portman Road on Saturday night.

An email sent out tonight by Ticketmaster on behalf of the organisers said: “The safety and security of our audiences, artistes and staff continues to be our highest priority, and in light of the recent atrocity in Manchester, we would like to assure everyone that we are taking heed of all current government and police advice and are implementing all necessary actions to ensure those attending our events are in the safest possible environment.

“Enhanced security measures will be in place, and we would request that concert-goers do not bring large bags, and would advise that full searches and body scans may be in operation. We ask for your full cooperation, and apologise for any inconvenience which may be caused.

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“We respectfully ask that you consider arriving earlier than normal to give yourself plenty of time to enter the venue.”

A similar caution was issued by Essex Police ahead of Olly Murs’s show in Colchester last weekend.

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