How to re­main alert to threat

MET PO­LICE IS­SUE GUIDE AF­TER SPATE OF EMER­GENCY EVACUATIONS

Harefield Gazette - - News - by KATHER­INE CLEMENTINE kather­ine.clementine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @KC_Journo

SINCE the re­cent tragic ter­ror at­tacks in both London and Manch­ester, west London has seen a spate of pre­cau­tion­ary evacuations as res­i­dents are be­com­ing more aware on how to act on ter­ror.

Uxbridge town cen­tre saw mul­ti­ple build­ing evacuations and intu shop­ping cen­tre was cleared of shop­pers af­ter a “false alarm” sus­pi­cious pack­age in nearby Ge­orge Street on Mon­day last week.

Just days be­fore, Eal­ing Broad­way shop­ping cen­tre was emp­tied amid sim­i­lar re­ports of a sus­pi­cious pack­age on Satur­day.

This was the sec­ond in­ci­dent at the same shop­ping cen­tre within the space of three weeks, as ru­mours of a gun­man spread be­fore po­lice con­firmed a ‘not­sus­pi­cious’ evac­u­a­tion af­ter a se­cu­rity scare on Thurs­day May 25.

It is not just shop­ping cen­tres that have been af­fected, as London Vic­to­ria coach sta­tion was evac­u­ated on Mon­day May 23 fol­low­ing re­ports of a sus­pect pack­age, the morn­ing af­ter the ter­ror at­tack in Manch­ester Arena which killed 22 peo­ple and in­jured 59 oth­ers.

The po­lice are call­ing on com­mu­ni­ties to act on their in­stincts to help pre­vent atroc­i­ties tak­ing place in the UK and over­seas.

Ac­cord­ing to the Gov­ern­ment ACT (Action Coun­ters Ter­ror­ism) web­site, you should re­port any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity or be­hav­iour.

That is any­thing that seems out of place, un­usual or just does not seem to fit in with ev­ery­day life.

These are just some ex­am­ples of sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity and be­hav­iour which could po­ten­tially be ter­ror­ist re­lated:

Any­one hir­ing or ac­quir­ing large ve­hi­cles or sim­i­lar for no ob­vi­ous rea­son.

Any­one buy­ing or stor­ing a large amount of chem­i­cals, fer- tilis­ers or gas cylin­ders for no ob­vi­ous rea­sons.

Any­one tak­ing notes or pho­tos of se­cu­rity ar­range­ments, or in­spect­ing CCTV in an un­usual way.

Any­one vis­it­ing the dark web, or­der­ing un­usual items on­line or car­ry­ing out un­usual bank trans­ac­tions.

Any­one who has il­le­gal firearms or other weapons or has shown an in­ter­est in ob­tain­ing them.

Any­one hold­ing pass­ports or other doc­u­ments in dif­fer­ent names, for no ob­vi­ous rea­sons.

Any­one who goes away trav­el­ling for long pe­ri­ods of time but is vague about where they are go­ing.

PHOTO: LISA BROWN

The street to the rear of intu Uxbridge was cor­doned off and evac­u­ated on Mon­day last week

PHOTO: SANNA995

Shop­pers spill out af­ter a scare in Eal­ing Broad­way

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