New firm to guard Stonehenge

New firm to guard Stonehenge

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 10:29am 14th October 2019. (Updated at 11:13am 14th October 2019)

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Venture Security has been awarded a contract by English Heritage to look after the world famous monument.

Following a competitive tender earlier this year the Andover based firm is now providing static guarding for Stonehenge around the clock as well as security for the onsite visitor centre.

The specialist team is also providing security event for the summer and winter solstices as well as the two equinoxes held in spring and autumn.

The summer solstice attracts the biggest crowd, this year around 10,000 attended but numbers have been as high as 37,000 in recent years. 

Jennifer Davies, head of historic properties at English Heritage, commented: 

"When we put the contract out to tender, we were really impressed by the team at Venture Security. We could see that they understood the significance of the assignment and had the experience and dedication needed to deliver it.

The fact Venture knows the area very well and uses locally based team members was really appealing. Plus they have extensive experience in crowd management and handling security for high profile public events, so they tick all the boxes for us."

Stonehenge security Credit Venture Security
The Hampshire based company will now be looking after the Neolithic monument.

Venture’s guarding team at Stonehenge is made up of 12 SIA licensed security officers, with additional team members joining to support the security detail for the quarterly events as required.

Paul Howe, Venture Security managing director, commented: 

"We’re delighted to be working with English Heritage and to be looking after such an iconic site as Stonehenge. It’s a privilege to be entrusted with protecting a monument of such historic interest, ensuring it is preserved for generations to come."

SALISBURY CATHEDRAL:

Venture Security, is ranked within the top 1% of UK security providers.

The firm is also providing an extra guard for Salisbury Cathedral. 

 

The company is already providing a foot patrol service during the summer months at the Cathedral which follows a number of incidents including last year's hammer attack on the Magna Carta's casing. 

Salisbury Cathedral Close Manager Tony Wheeler says feedback has been very positive.

“We are fortunate that incidents involving antisocial and aggressive behaviour are not a regular feature of life in the Close, but nevertheless the safety of visitors and frontline staff and remains our top priority, and we take our duty of care very seriously. Our aim is to ensure that anyone coming to the cathedral has a pleasant experience and they feel safe and able to carry out their worship as they wish.” 

 “Venture’s services and the foot patrols have been very effective in tackling issues such as drug and alcohol use in the grounds, aggressive behaviour and littering. They have managed to combine patrolling with presenting a friendly and welcoming presence.

“Bolstering our security with the addition of a full-time static guard has proven equally as effective, allowing us to defuse any potentially threatening situations quickly, before the situation escalates.”

SALISBURY CITY CENTRE:

Since August staff from Venture Security have been working with Wiltshire Police to help deal with anti-social behaviour in Salisbury like begging and drinking issues.

Salisbury City Council CCSOs - city centre security officers - and Salisbury Police (Wiltshire Police)
Salisbury City Council have contracted Venture Security to provide staff to help Wiltshire Police.

 

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