21st Sep, 2018

West Midlands Police urge residents to remain alert but not alarmed following London attack

REASSURANCE has been provided to communities in the West Midlands following the horrific attack on London yesterday afternoon.

Overnight, a number of addresses have been searched across the country and arrests have been made in connection with the incident – including addresses in Birmingham.

The arrests and searches were intelligence led and their was no immediate risk to public safety.

Extra officers will be put out on patrol throughout the next few days to offer reassurance and address any concerns the public may have.

West Midlands Police has stressed additional security is not based on any new or emerging intelligence.

The security threat level nationally remains unchanged at severe – meaning an attack is highly likely.

Members of the public are urged to remain alert and not alarmed.

Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale, who leads on counter terrorism for the force, said: “Suspicious activity is anything that seems out of place, unusual or just doesn’t seem to fit in with day-to-day life.

“Let us decide if it is important.

“We work tirelessly to counter terrorism.

“Our absolute priority is to ensure the safety and security of the people who live, work and visit the West Midlands area.

“Our policing tactics and security measures are being reviewed on a daily basis.

“We, along with our partners, are working around the clock to keep Birmingham and our other cities as safe as can be.”

Any concerns should be reported to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

In an emergency, always dial 999.

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