More armed of­fi­cers in Wales as ter­ror threat raised to crit­i­cal

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

WELSH po­lice of­fi­cials have con­firmed there will an in­crease in the num­ber of armed of­fi­cers after the ter­ror threat was raised to crit­i­cal by the Prime Min­is­ter.

Armed po­lice are on duty across the coun­try after the Par­sons Green bomb at­tack in London prompted Bri­tain to be put on the high­est ter­ror alert.

Mil­i­tary per­son­nel have been de­ployed to free up of­fi­cers for pa­trols over the week­end fol­low­ing the de­ci­sion to raise the threat level to crit­i­cal, mean­ing an­other at­tack is ex­pected im­mi­nently.

Robin Smith, Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice As­sis­tant Chief Con­sta­ble, urged the pub­lic to be “alert but not alarmed” and re­port any sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour.

He said: “Code crit­i­cal is a well­re­hearsed plan now, re­gret­tably of course.

“What the pub­lic can ex­pect to see is a lot more of­fi­cers, a lot more po­lice of­fi­cers, a lot more armed of­fi­cers, through­out the sta­tions.

“Not only in London, al­though we are fo­cus­ing on the London Un­der­ground, but also across Eng­land, Scot­land and Wales.”

He urged the pub­lic to re­main vig­i­lant, adding: “I think people know when things are sus­pi­cious.

“They should be alert but not alarmed.”

Now Welsh po­lice have said they are in­creas­ing pa­trols across the coun­try in line with other po­lice forces.

Armed of­fi­cers were spot­ted at Cardiff Central sta­tion yes­ter­day morn­ing.

But South Wales Po­lice said they were just fol­low­ing pro­to­col after the threat level was raised.

Speak­ing about the of­fi­cers at the train sta­tion, they said: “It’s part of the in­crease in the na­tional se­cu­rity threat as­sess­ment. There are no is­sues.”

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