Stay alert to prevent terrorism
POLICE OUT IN FORCE
POLICE are urging people to stay vigilant after a terror incident brought chaos to the London transport system.
An improvised device partially exploded on a District Line train at Parsons Green station during the Friday morning rush hour, injuring 30. Three victims remain in hospital, NHS England said.
In response, Northumbria Police has ensured there is a heavy police presence across the force area.
And, as officers moved to reassure the public that there was no specific threat to the North East, they urged everyone to stay vigilant and report anything suspicious they might see.
Assistant Chief Constable Darren Best, of Northumbria Police, said: “Our officers have been highly visible across the force area in light of the incident at Parsons Green in London.
“Despite that incident there is still no intelligence of any specific threat to our region and anyone with any concerns is encouraged speak to our officers who are on patrol.
“We would continue to remind the public to remain vigilant and we would ask anyone who sees anything suspicious to call police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.”
Armed police watched over spectators as England’s cricket team played at the Riverside in Chester-le-Street last night.
Durham Constabulary say the armed response had been planned in advance and was not a response to the London attack. A Northumbria Police officer patrols Northumberland Street in Newcastle city centre
An increased number of armed officers were seen in Newcastle city centre after the bombing at Manchester Arena in May.
Four people from the North East were among the 22 people killed in the blast at an Ariana Grande concert.
The UK’s terror threat level has been increased to ‘critical’, meaning an attack could be imminent.
Police yesterday arrested an 18-year-old man in Dover they suspect of being responsible for Friday’s Tube attack.
Soon afterwards a house was searched and residents close to the address in Sunbury-onThames, Surrey, were evacuated.
The evacuation began at 1.40pm following the arrest at 7.50am. Scotland Yard said it was “a precautionary measure following the arrest of a man in Dover”.
Speaking after a meeting of the Government’s emergency Cobra committee, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the arrest was “very significant”, but added: “The operation is ongoing.”