Ex­tra se­cu­rity fol­low­ing tube bomb scare

More Met of­fi­cers at trans­port hubs

Uxbridge Gazette - - NEWS - By Amita Joshi amita.joshi@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

SE­CU­RITY has been tight­ened at Lon­don’s ma­jor train and tube sta­tions after of­fi­cers were called to a bomb scare last week.

The Metropoli­tan Po­lice has said that com­muters can “ex­pect to see more of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing armed po­lice in and around the trans­port hubs”.

The Joint Ter­ror­ism Anal­y­sis Cen­tre has raised the threat level for Lon­don trans­port to “se­vere”, mean­ing “an at­tack is likely” and po­lice have urged com­muters to be vigilant and report any­thing they feel is sus­pi­cious.

Pa­trols are al­ready in place by Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice on the Un­der­ground net­work, but have been re-en­forced with armed units after a “sus­pi­cious item was found” on the Ju­bilee line at North Green­wich tube sta­tion on Thurs­day (Oc­to­ber 20).

The dis­cov­ery led to a 19-year-old’s ar­rest in Holloway Road on Fri­day (Oc­to­ber 21) in a dra­matic swoop in­volv­ing the Army’s bomb squad and counter ter­ror­ist de­tec­tives.

A Scot­land Yard state­ment read: “The 19-year-old man was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of the com­mis­sion, prepa­ra­tion and in­sti­ga­tion of ter­ror­ism acts, un­der Sec­tion 41 of the Ter­ror­ism Act 2000.

“He has been taken to a Lon­don po­lice sta­tion where he re­mains in cus­tody.”

Fol­low­ing the ar­rest, Mayor of Lon­don, Sadiq Khan , said: “Thanks to the out­stand­ing pro­fes­sion­al­ism of the Metropoli­tan Po­lice, Trans­port for Lon­don staff and the Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice, this sit­u­a­tion was dealt with swiftly and safely and no in­juries re­sulted.

“I have been in con­stant con­tact with the Metropoli­tan Po­lice Com­mis­sioner and the TfL Com­mis­sioner through­out the past two days.

“Keep­ing Lon­don­ers safe is my high­est pri­or­ity.

“I am urg­ing all Lon­don­ers to check with TfL be­fore they travel, and to re­main calm and vigilant at all times.”

“Over the next few days you will see more of­fi­cers in and around trans­port hubs to pro­vide re­as­sur­ance about pub­lic safety.”

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