The murder of Cody Fisher, how will this change this industry?

The mother of a footballer fatally stabbed in a Birmingham nightclub is legislation to force venues to stock bleed kits and introduce metal detectors.
Cody’s Law, as it’s being called – would make metal detectors and bleed kits law for clubs and events. Is there are already provision for this in UK law? Could this work? What would it cost? Is it enforceable?

**Could this happen?**
Yes. Something like this has happened recently – Martyn’s Law (requirements in relation to certain premises and events to increase their preparedness for, and protection from, a terrorist attack by requiring them to take proportionate steps, depending on the size and nature of the activities that take place at the premises.)
For reference, the petition for Cody’s law has **25,357** signatures at time of writing,
Martyn’s Law only had **23,228** when that was heard by Parliament

**Is it reasonable**
No one can say it doesn’t seem like a good idea. However, many licensed venues are facing massively increased costs and reduced revenue in the present climate. The cost alone may make the plan unfeasible.

**Is it enforceable?**
Absolutely, it can be a pre-condition of the license in the way SIA licensed staff are. It’s simply an augment to existing law.
There is an argument in legislation that this should already be happening, mandated by the HSE and enforced by local Licensing authorities.
Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, employers must:
·     identify what could cause injury or illness (hazards) 
·     decide how likely it is that someone could be harmed and how seriously (the risk)
·     take action to eliminate the hazard, or if this isn’t possible, control the risk

According to the Ben Kinsella trust, Knife Crime has risen by a factor of 5% across the UK in the last year. If this a growing problem with serious risk, every licensed venue should factor it into their risk assessments, and make provisions accordingly.

The problem is vagueness in guidance given to venues, for example Crane, the venue where Cody was killed. All that is mentioned of search in the license document is “_Risk assessments will include search policies and a security deployment plan to reflect the risk of the event.“_
This kind of ambiguity will lead to corner cutting, let’s stop this from happening again.

Please see petition below:

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