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Merseyside Police statement on raising of threat level

Merseyside / September 16

Yesterday (Friday, 15 September 2017), following an assessment by Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC), the Prime Minister announced that the UK threat level from international terrorism is now critical.

Following the announcement Chief Constable Andy Cooke explained: "Alongside our partners, the police service is doing everything we can across the country to protect our communities and prevent attacks such as the one experienced by the people of London at Parsons Green station.

"I would like to take this opportunity to reassure our own communities in Merseyside that their safety is, as ever, paramount for us and we must all remain vigilant.

"We regularly conduct training exercises with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, North West Ambulance Service, the local authorities and other partner agencies to test our response to incidents such as this. We have reviewed our resources as part of a range of measures to reassure communities and make sure the people of Merseyside are well protected during these times of high alert.

"In response to the raising of the threat level, members of the public can expect to see an increased policing and security presence at key sites, such as the transport network and other crowded places.

"As a precaution, we have increased the number of officers on duty to provide a highly visible, reassuring presence - both overtly armed and unarmed - across the country for as long as is needed to help protect our communities.

"We urge the public to remain alert but not alarmed - the police service and our partners are doing everything we can to help protect the security of our communities, public institutions, critical national infrastructure, and businesses and places of interest.

"Our security measures and activities are under constant review to reflect where the threats exist and the level of threat we are facing.

"The latest guidance on recognising the terrorist threat and remaining vigilant can be accessed online at www.nactso.gov.uk

"Be vigilant. If you suspect it, report it. Nobody is better placed to detect something that is out of place in their communities than the people living in them.

"We would encourage you, if you do see any suspicious activity, to call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321, or in an emergency the public should always call 999. For further information about reporting suspicious behaviour visit https://act.campaign.gov.uk/

"If you get caught up in the rare event of a weapons attack we urge you to follow the Run, Hide, Tell advice (www.nactso.gov.uk).

"Terrorists seek to create discord and fear. We as a police force stand together with all communities in the UK and we will take action against any criminal behaviour which threatens to undermine society, especially where crimes are motivated by hate. At times like this it is vital that all communities pull together and support each other.

“Everybody, from the police, to businesses, to the general public, has a role to play in keeping the UK safe from terrorism. Communities defeat terrorism, and we depend on information from the public, who can be our eyes and ears, to keep us all safe.

"As we know, acts of terrorism and hate crimes are committed by a very small minority of people and are not representative of the public at large. At times like this it is vital that all communities pull together and support each other.”