Ex­tra of­fi­cers de­ployed across trans­port net­work

Pa­trols stepped up fol­low­ing Par­sons Green bomb

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice (BTP) said an en­hanced level of highly vis­i­ble pa­trols were both on board trains and at key sta­tions across the UK on Mon­day (Septem­ber 18) to pro­vide pub­lic re­as­sur­ance.

In ad­di­tion, spe­cial­ist counter ter­ror­ism of­fi­cers are work­ing closely with po­lice forces to de­ter any fur­ther acts of ter­ror­ism.

The in­crease in po­lice pres­ence has been in force since the day of the at­tack – Fri­day Septem­ber 15 – in which 30 peo­ple were in­jured af­ter a bomb blast.

The UK threat level has since been low­ered from crit­i­cal to se­vere, which means an at­tack is “highly likely.”

Op Tem­perer, en­acted by the Prime Min­is­ter, has al­lowed ex­tra firearms of­fi­cers from the Min­istry of De­fence to patrol along­side BTP, the force said.

As­sis­tant Chief Con­sta­ble Robin Smith, from BTP, said: “Un­doubt­edly the ter­ror­ist in­ci­dent at Par­sons Green Tube sta­tion would have caused con­cern amongst the pub­lic.

“There­fore, we quickly took ac­tion to step up pa­trols and pro­vide an en­hanced level of vis­i­bil­ity both on trains and at sta­tions na­tion­ally.

“In the com­ing days, we will be main­tain­ing this en­hanced level of vis­i­bil­ity through­out the coun­try.

“This means that those mem­bers of the pub­lic trav­el­ling to work can feel at ease know­ing we’re out there keep­ing them safe.”

The pub­lic are urged to re­main “alert, and not alarmed”.

Two sus­pects ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the ter­ror at­tack in west Lon­don re­main in po­lice cus­tody.

Huge armed po­lice raids have been car­ried out at two homes, in Sunbury and Stan­well in Sur­rey, with res­i­dents evac­u­ated in both ar­eas.

If any­one sees some­thing that does not look right or any sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour is urged to con­tact BTP; text 61016 or call 0800 40 50 40.

Al­ter­na­tively call the anti-ter­ror­ist hot­line on 0800 789 321.

Of­fi­cers can be stopped if you wish to re­port any sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour or un­usual ac­tiv­ity.

In case of an emer­gency, al­ways ring 999.

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