Armed, dangerous & ready
Police and emergency service were training deep in the Durham countryside WEAPONS at the ready, these armed police look like they are prepared for anything.
Stalking their unseen prey, they looks more like the Terminator rather than Dixon of Dock Green.
But this is the face of modern policing, and these officers werre taking part in an anti-terrorism training exercise to test the skills of the police, fire, paramedics and the local authority.
It allows the police and partners to test exactly how they respond in the event a terror attack.
Durham Constabulary has stressed it was not in response to any specific threat to the region or to the site where the event was held.
Chief Inspector Graham Milne, from Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said it was important they continue to test their response to an attack.
“This is one of a number of routine exercises organised to test the response of the emergency services and other partner agencies.
“It is in no way linked to a specific threat. We carry out exercises to test contingency plans and the co-ordination of the response to a major incident on a regular basis.
“The national terror threat remains at severe and recent events in this country and across Europe show that we need to ensure we are prepared in the event that something does happen in our region.
“A huge amount of work and preparation was put into this exercise and I want to thank everyone at Kynren in particular for their support.”
Durham Constabulary, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, the North East Ambulance Service, Durham County Council, were involved in the exercise.
Dominic Brown, area manager for emergency response at County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue, said: “This is all part of being prepared to keep the people of County Durham and Darlington as safe as possible.”
NEAS HART and Resilience Manager, Marianne Walton, said: “We were able to test our plans to respond to an incident of this type where we would have to deal with a large amount of injured casualties.”
Roger Goodes, of Durham County Council, said every exercise “brings fresh challenges”.
It comes after police said witnesses should run to safety during a terrorist attack instead of trying to film videos on their phones. The warning came as a new video was released which informed children and young people about what to do if they are caught up in a terror attack.
Britain’s counter-terror police network is calling for the “run, hide, tell” message to be taught to school children, following the outrage at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, which claimed the lives of 22 people.
Victims included children as young as eight.