Po­lice in ‘live-play’ test of counter-ter­ror re­sponse

Se­cu­rity: Cross-border ex­er­cise for three days

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - NEWS - BY PAUL WARD

Po­lice forces in Scot­land and Eng­land are to take part in a ma­jor counter ter­ror­ism ex­er­cise to test the re­sponse of emergency ser­vices to a cross-border in­ci­dent.

The three-day “live­play sce­nario”, which will in­volve lo­ca­tions around Ed­in­burgh, the Loth­i­ans and Northum­bria from to­day, is not in re­sponse to any spe­cific threat but is the re­sult of over a year of plan­ning.

Named Ex­er­cise Border Reiver, it will not af­fect day-to-day polic­ing or emergency re­sponses.

Other bodies in­volved in the ex­er­cise in­clude Northum­bria Po­lice, the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice, Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice, North East Am­bu­lance Ser­vice, Northum­ber­land and Tyne and Wear Fire and Res­cue ser­vices, Trans­port Scot­land, NHS Scot­land, NHS Eng­land, the Min­istry of De­fence and of­fi­cials from the Scot­tish and UK gov­ern­ments.

Po­lice Scot­land As­sis­tant Chief Con­sta­ble Bernard Hig­gins said: “In ad­di­tion to uni­formed of­fi­cers, a range of spe­cial­ist Po­lice Scot­land re­sources will be in play for the ex­er­cise and this will re­sult in some sig­nif­i­cant ac­tiv­ity within the pub­lic do­main.

“Please rest as­sured this all forms part of the live-play sce­nario and there is no risk to the pub­lic.”

PREPA­RA­TION: Ex­er­cise Border Reiver will be held around Ed­in­burgh, the Loth­i­ans and Northum­bria

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