Tampa agencies analyze security after Manchester attack

- Law enforcement around the world, including agencies in Tampa Bay, are on alert following the deadly terror attack at an Ariana Grande Concert in Manchester, England.

The attack, which killed more than 20 people and injured nearly 60 more, happened as concert-goers were leaving the venue.

It also comes at a time when Tampa is heading into its busy summer concert season, which begins Memorial Day Weekend with the Sunset Music Festival at Raymond James Stadium.

"We're aware of the incident and we're working together to put together a robust plan for this Memorial Day weekend," said Todd Josko, a spokesperson for the festival. "Protecting the health, safety, and welfare of our guests is Sunset Music Festival's top priority."

The festival is the kickoff to what is expected to be a packed schedule of concerts in Tampa, including U2 at Raymond James Stadium and Paul McCartney at Amalie Arena, both of which will draw tens of thousands of people to the area.

Tampa Police said officers are watching closely how the investigation unfolds in Manchester.

"Whenever there's an incident that happens globally or nationally, we always look and see if there are any lessons that we need to learn, we make adjustments if we need to make adjustments," said Steve Hegarty, a TPD spokesperson. "All I can tell you right now is we're not going to share all our plans with you, but we have a robust plan in place and we're comfortable that we've done the planning that we need to do."

Hegarty said the city has handled large events well and will plan its security accordingly.

"Tampa has a long history of dealing with major events on an international, national level. We're talking about the [Republican National Convention], we're talking about the Super Bowl. I mean, you can't get much bigger than that," he said. "We have some events coming up very, very soon. We have a really good track record with these events."

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