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Forum boosts security for concerts after English bombing incident

INGLEWOOD — Security was beefed up May 23 for a concert at the Forum with Chris Brown and 50 Cent following a bombing at an arena in Manchester, England, at the end of an Ariana Grande concert May 22.

At least 22 people, including children, were killed and 59 were injured at the concert. Grande was not hurt. She later posted a message on Twitter that read, in part, “I am so sorry. I don’t have words.”

Security was tightened for the sold-out concert at the Forum, which holds 17,000 people, CBS2 reported.

The Los Angeles Police Department also was monitoring the situation and assuring residents adequate resources are deployed in an effort to keep people and public spaces safe.

“We are aware of the incident that occurred over in Manchester, England and continue to monitor that [situation] here in the department,” Officer Mike Lopez of the LAPD’s Media Relations Section said.

Lopez stressed that the department is not aware of any credible threat to the city or its public assembly venues, but is nonetheless ready to respond to anything that might arise.

“We are prepared with adequate resources for the citizens of Los Angeles and their safety,” he said.

Lopez added that the eyes and ears of residents are an invaluable resource in helping keep the community safe. He urged people to be vigilant and report anything that seems suspicious or even out of the ordinary, repeating the manta, “If you see something, say something.”

Mayor Eric Garcetti offered a message of solidarity to the people of Manchester, which has a Friendship City relationship with Los Angeles as part of the city’s Sister City cultural exchange program.

“Los Angeles stands with the people of Manchester at this time of unthinkable anguish and loss,” he said. “We send prayers for peace and comfort to the victims and their loved ones, Mayor [Andy] Burnham, and all people touched by the tragedy in our Friendship City.”

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck also offered the department’s “thoughts and prayers” to “all who have been affected.”

The Inglewood Police Department tweeted: “Praying for you Manchester.”

Grande announced May 23 that she was suspending her “Dangerous Woman” tour indefinitely in the wake of the bombing incident.

Her next concert was scheduled for May 25 at London’s O2 Arena. Other concerts were planned in Belgium, Poland, Germany and Switzerland.