How Real Is the Terrorist Threat Essay

1638 Words May 26th, 2013 7 Pages
In my opinion the terrorist threat to the commercial sector is a very real and serious threat to the continuity of a business, but not all companies face the same direct threat, most companies would be affected by the collateral effects of a terrorist incident.
This narrative will not comment on the cyber terrorist which is as big a threat to businesses as is the destruction or damage to their premises as this is a paper in itself.
The UK has long faced terrorism from various sources the most significant threat throughout the 70’s and 80’s was from the Irish Republican Dissidents, their targeting was mainly of personnel, government officials, military personnel and police officers, however in the 90’s they changed tactics and started
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Victims of the bombing received a total of £1,145,971 in compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority; one individual received £146,524, the largest amount awarded as a result of this incident.
According to Home Office statistics, an estimated 400 businesses within half a mile (0.8 km) of the blast were affected, 40% of which did not recover. The heaviest damage was sustained by the three buildings closest to the bomb: Michael House, comprising a Marks & Spencer store and a six-storey office block; Longridge House, offices for Royal and Sun Alliance, an insurance company; and the Arndale Centre, a shopping mall. Michael House was deemed beyond economic repair and demolished. Marks & Spencer took the opportunity to acquire and demolish the adjacent Longridge House, using the enlarged site for the world's biggest branch of the store. The company's fortunes changed during construction, and Selfridges subsequently co-occupied the building; Marks & Spencer leased part of the Lewis's store in the interim. The frontage of the Arndale was badly damaged and was removed in a remodelling of that part of the city centre.
The glass domes of the Corn Exchange and
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