East Yorkshire security firm chalks up a win

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 6 Jul 2018

AN EAST Yorkshire company that manufactures anti-vehicle barriers protected visitors and competitors at the World Snooker Championships in Sheffield.

Heald Ltd, which is based in Hornsea, supplied organisers of the snooker tournament with one of its Matador products.

The Matador comprises of a series of stainless steel-protected bollards, which help prevent vehicle attacks.

The World Snooker Championships were held at The Crucible in Sheffield between April 21 and May 7.

Managing director of Heald, Debbie Heald MBE, said: “With both large and small events becoming more susceptible to hostile vehicle attacks, it is crucial that event planners and facilities managers consider perimeter protection as part of their overall event strategy, whether that be on a short-term or more permanent basis. 

“Heald is proud to offer a product that addresses all these needs with our award-winning Matador solution.”

Anti-terrorism / hostile vehicle Matador truck barriers

Due to a number of high-profile attacks over recent years at entertainment events and festivals, it was important for organisers that both competitors and visitors to the event felt safe and secure throughout the four-week tournament, which saw the likes of Mark Williams and John Higgins compete for the coveted title of World Snooker Champion.

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Michael Crofts, director of business strategy and regulation at Sheffield City Council, said: “It is top priority that our participants and visitors feel safe and secure when attending major events in Sheffield and security is always at the forefront of our plans, particularly with high profile events such as the World Snooker Championship. 

“Working with Heald Ltd to implement a robust security system allowed us to bring peace of mind and deliver a world class event.”

Nigel Oldfield, operations director for World Snooker Ltd, said: “World Snooker was delighted with the installation of the

Matador and we were also impressed with the excellent service we received from Heald.”

The Matador has been crash-tested to halt a seven-tonne truck travelling at 64kph (40mph). 

It is available for rental to secure events of any kind.

For more information, call Heald Ltd on 01964 535858 or visit its website at www.heald.uk.com



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