Armed po­lice to pa­trol the tube

In­creased threat level on trans­port net­work

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Amita Joshi amita.joshi@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

ARMED po­lice of­fi­cers will be trav­el­ling on the un­der­ground net­work for the first time since the 7/7 bomb­ings amidst Lon­don’s ter­ror threat lev­els be­ing es­ca­lated.

Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice (BTP) have taken the de­ci­sion for of­fi­cers to be on the tube in be­tween jobs rather than travel over­ground to get around the cap­i­tal.

Un­der the new pro­pos­als, dog units will also travel un­der­ground, rather than be­ing trans­ported in vans.

It comes af­ter Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice of­fi­cers charged 19-year-old Da­mon Joseph Smith af­ter a “sus­pi­cious pack­age was left on the Ju­bilee line” .

The Lon­don Met­ro­pol­i­tan Univer­sity stu­dent has been ac­cused of un­law­fully and ma­li­ciously mak­ing or pos­sess­ing an ex­plo­sive sub­stance with in­tent to en­dan­ger life or cause se­ri­ous in­jury to prop­erty.

The teenager, who was chased by po­lice in Hol­loway Road on Thurs­day (Oc­to­ber 20), ap­peared in West­min­ster Court on Thurs­day (Oc­to­ber 27).

He has not yet en­tered a plea and was re­manded in cus­tody un­til a hear­ing at the Old Baily on Novem­ber 17.

The dra­matic seize led to road clo­sures in the north Lon­don area by the sta­tion as the op­er­a­tion took place.

BTP’s Deputy Chief Con­sta­ble Adrian Han­stock said: “They will stand out and peo­ple will see them.

“We hope they will pro­vide a re­as­sur­ance that they are there and are able to re­spond what­ever the threat may be.”

In Au­gust, the Met launched Op­er­a­tion Her­cules which saw 600 more armed po­lice hit the streets as part of a pledge to pro­tect Lon­don­ers.

VIG­I­LANT: Armed po­lice are be­ing de­ployed on the Lon­don Un­der­ground as a safey mea­sure

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