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Sol­diers ready to step in to help crack­down

- By Macer Hall Military · Crime · Terrorism · Politics · Asian Politics · Warfare and Conflicts · Boris Johnson · Ministry of National Defence and Sport · Ministry of Defence · Manchester

TROOPS could be called in to help po­lice en­force the new virus rules, Boris John­son has told MPs.

Sol­diers are on standby to guard high- se­cu­rity sites in­clud­ing Par­lia­ment, Down­ing Street and nu­clear power sta­tions to free up of­fi­cers for the crack­down.

The Prime Min­is­ter told the Com­mons: “We will pro­vide the po­lice and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties with the ex­tra fund­ing they need, a greater po­lice pres­ence on our streets, and the op­tion to draw on mil­i­tary sup­port where re­quired to free up the po­lice.”

Around 500 troops from three Army bat­tal­ions are ready for guard du­ties at 12 hours no­tice, ac­cord­ing to White­hall of­fi­cials. The Prime Min­is­ter’s spokesman said: “To fur­ther free up the po­lice to have a greater pres­ence on our streets they will have the op­tion to draw on mil­i­tary sup­port, where re­quired, us­ing tried and tested mech­a­nisms.

“This would in­volve the mil­i­tary back­fill­ing cer­tain du­ties, such as of­fice roles and guard­ing pro­tected sites, so po­lice of­fi­cers can be out en­forc­ing the virus re­sponse.”

If needed by po­lice chiefs, troops could be de­ployed un­der Op­er­a­tion Tem­perer, a Min­istry of De­fence mil­i­tary mo­bil­i­sa­tion plan for civil emer­gen­cies.

It was last ac­ti­vated in 2017 af­ter the ter­ror­ist at­tack in Manch­ester.

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Army help for po­lice in 2017

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