Ter­ror alerts may be sent by text

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

LONDONERS could be alerted by mo­bile if there is a ter­ror scare in new safety mea­sures rec­om­mended by a re­port to pro­tect the cap­i­tal.

The pro­posal to in­tro­duce pub­lic text mes­sage alerts emerged from a ma­jor re­port launched on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 28, which ex­am­ined London’s readi­ness to deal with a ter­ror at­tack amidst fears of the cap­i­tal’s safety.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan ap­pointed Lord Toby Harris of Haringey to un­der­take the re­view as an early step to­wards pro­tect­ing the cap­i­tal fol­low­ing the at­tacks in Paris and Brus­sels. Although re­cent mea­sures have al­ready been put in place to com­bat the threat, in­clud­ing armed po­lice trav­el­ling on the Tube, the re­port men­tioned an­other 127 rec­om­men­da­tions which could make the re­sponse to ter­ror­ism faster.

Lord Harris urged the govern­ment to con­sider other changes, in­clud­ing:

CCTV to be in­stalled on all un­der­ground and main­line trains and more ac­ces­si­ble emer­gency ser­vices in an emer­gency

The in­tro­duc­tion of a new MOPAC (Mayor’s Of­fice for Polic­ing and Crime) ad­viser on counter-ter­ror­ism

The Home Of­fice to fully fund the Na­tional and In­ter­na­tional Cap­i­tal Cities Grant (NICC), which cur­rently costs the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice ap­prox­i­mately £340 mil­lion a year

The Depart­ment of Health should pro­vide ex­tra re­sources to the London Am­bu­lance Ser­vice

Se­cu­rity mea­sures on the river Thames to be strength­ened

Last week, the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice, Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice and emer­gency ser­vices dealt with a po­ten­tial threat on a Tube train, a stark re­minder that the threat level in London re­mains at ‘se­vere’, which means an at­tack is highly likely.

Lord Harris said: “A se­ri­ous ter­ror­ist at­tack re­mains highly pos­si­ble and we can­not be com­pla­cent.

“London needs to be­come a city where se­cu­rity and re­silience is de­signed in and is part of the city’s fab­ric, and where ev­ery­one who lives and works here sees se­cu­rity and re­silience as their re­spon­si­bil­ity, just as much as it is for the emer­gency ser­vices and civic au­thor­i­ties.”

Mr Khan said the rec­om­men­da­tions de­serve care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion over the com­ing months.

He said: “I am ex­tremely grate­ful to Lord Toby Harris, who has pro­duced a sig­nif­i­cant, in-depth piece of work.

“His find­ings and events in the last week re­mind us what a fan­tas­tic job our po­lice of­fi­cers and emer­gency ser­vices do ev­ery day to keep us safe.”

A for­mal re­sponse to the Lord Harris Re­view will be pub­lished in due course.

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