Mar 23 2016

Met Police Statement re: Brussels Attacks

police_jacketThe Met Police have issued the following statement on the attacks in Brussels during Tuesday morning. Whilst not explicitly aimed at Harrow, it is useful to reiterate the reassurance it offers, and to remind residents of the Anti-Terrorist hotline contact details. Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said:

Our thoughts are with the people of Brussels following yesterday morning’s horrific attacks.

As a precaution forces across the UK have increased policing presence at key locations, including transport hubs, to protect the public and provide reassurance. This is not in relation to any specific information or intelligence.

In London specifically, the Metropolitan Police Service has mobilised additional officers, who will carry out highly visible patrols at key locations around the Capital including the transport network. The number of officers deployed will be regularly assessed. These additional officers are deployed as part of reassurance measures.

The police presence across London and the rest of the UK is constantly under review.  We are in close liaison with the Belgium authorities and will continue to monitor the situation.

The threat to the UK from international terrorism remains at severe as it has been since August 2014, meaning an attack is highly likely.

We urge the public and businesses to be alert but not alarmed and report anything suspicious to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. In an emergency always call 999.

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  1. Sonoo Malkani

    Always good to hear from the man in charge of Counter-Terrorism and know how to move forward after such horrific attacks have occurred so close to home.

    This means some of our local police officers may be abstracted to help make London more secure during this period of extra vigilance.It also means we need to be more careful of taking preventive measures locally and not setting ourselves up to be victims of crime such as residential burglaries.Let us support our officers in the fight against crime and keepHarrow’s flag flying high.

    We have an additional responsibility right now to help deter and prevent terrorists or anyone posing a threat to our communities.Remember,you and I are the “eyes and ears” for the police.Any intelligence we can pass on to them is a big help.Read up form the Met Police web-site how you may do this and what to look out for.The more you know the harder we make it for criminals to succeed.

    Also,if you see anything suspicious call your local police team or better still the ANTI TERRORIST HOTLINE free of charge on 0800 789 321.Please share this information with your contacts and help keep us all safe.

    A gentle reminder to you all.Please make sure you come and hear all about relevant policing issues,including the current status for London safety-wise,from Metropolitan Police Borough Commander,Chief Superintendent Simon Ovens,at the public meeting of the HARROW SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD BOARD,IN the Members’ Lounge,Civic Centre Harrow from 7 to 9pm.

    Let your contacts know as well.Look forward to seeing you on April 5.

    Wish you all a VERY PEACEFUL EASTER.Hope you have all enjoyed the HOLI celebrations at Harrow Council.A Very Happy NOWROZE to our fellow Zoroastrians now celebrating their New Year.

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