A security device designed to protect crowds from hostile vehicle attacks made its debut by helping to keep revellers attending Derby’s annual LGBT celebration safe.

Five SecuriPods were installed by security firm, Securiscape, across a city road on the morning of the Derby Pride 2017 event.

The pods were launched in July and protect crowds at outdoor events by preventing access to cars or trucks whilst allowing pedestrians free movement in and out of the event.

Installed in just 40 minutes, the SecuriPods measure seven foot tall and are linked by steel cables, which are designed to wrap around a vehicle’s axles and will bring it to a halt.

On September 9, Derby Pride, which attracted thousands of people despite occasional showers, featured a street parade, stalls and a live outdoor concert.

Mark Stone, managing director of Securiscape, said: “We were extremely pleased to be asked to install the SecuriPods and seeing them in place so soon after bringing them to market was a proud moment.

“There is no doubt that in the current climate, many people might think twice about attending an outdoor event, so while this was a perfect live demonstration for us of how easy they are to install, we also learned more about how their presence can help to put people’s minds at ease, even if, thankfully, they were never called into action.”

Andy Brown, organiser of Derby Pride, said: “As soon as I saw the SecuriPods in place I felt a wave of relief, because I realised that the event was protected as much as possible.

“Thankfully nothing happened, but in this day and age you can’t take any risks and having them there moved a real weight off our shoulders.

“Quite a few people were talking about them and it was amazing to see them lined up.”