Police in ‘live-play’ test of counter-terror response
Security: Cross-border exercise for three days
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