More armed officers in Wales as terror threat raised to critical
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.”