UK Christmas Crowds Warned Of Increased Terror Threat From Emboldened Extremists
Patrols by armed police will be increased and security plans for major events reviewed after Britain's terrorist threat level was raised following the Liverpool attack.
Assistant Commissioner Matt Jukes, the head of UK counterterrorism policing, said the public will see an increased police presence in key locations and officers will boost their work online.
The British public were also asked to remain alert during the Christmas period and report anything suspicious to the police.
Speaking in Leicester Square in London’s West End on Wednesday, Mr Jukes told the PA news agency: “All across the country you will have seen plans for major events reviewed, you will see an increased armed policing presence in some key locations.
“In places like London where we have dedicated counterterror patrols, they will be very focused.
“You will see some more visible policing but, of course, also we will be very active in other places. Online, in our communities talking to people about their concerns.”
The terrorist threat was raised from substantial to severe, meaning an attack is “highly likely” rather than “likely”, after the blast outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital on Remembrance Sunday.