Met Police update following Manchester attack

Published: Wednesday 24th May 17

The following information has been provided by the Metropolitan Police following the attack in Manchester. The police and Wandsworth Council are working together to keep our communities and borough safe.

Last night the Prime Minister announced that the threat level to the UK from international terrorism was raised to Critical. This level remains under constant review.

In response the Metropolitan Police:

  • Is working with our partners to protect London. We have put in place pre-planned responses to make London a hostile environment for terrorists, to provide reassurance to local communities and to maintain our usual service to the public.
  • Our response includes a wide range of measures, including the deployment of military personnel to provide armed guards at key sites such as Buckingham Palace, Downing Street, Embassies and the palace of Westminster. This allows us to release our armed police officers for other duties.
  • We will be providing additional police patrols at certain locations, such as transport hubs, places of worship, school routes and crowded places. Our patrols will include more armed officers patrolling on foot and in vehicles.
  • Londoners can expect to see increased numbers of officers on duty – both armed and unarmed. This will include Special Constables providing an additional visible security presence over the coming days.
  • We are reviewing security arrangements for upcoming public events and there will be additional measures in place at these events in the coming days. Meanwhile, specially trained officers are providing security advice to businesses, event organisers and venues across London.

Local public reassurance & community cohesion

  • We know that some of our communities will feel a heightened sense of concern. Locally based police and council officers are engaging with their local residents, community groups and through their local networks, providing support and reassurance to vulnerable communities, the business community, schools and faith premises.
  • Safer Schools officers will be reassuring pupils and parents and answering any questions they have.
  • As well as reaching out to reassure local partners and communities, local police are actively monitoring community tensions.
  • We encourage people to report any hate crime to police. The message remains as it always has been; we will not tolerate hate crime and will investigate all reports that are made to us.

The public are encouraged to go about their normal business and remain calm but vigilant

  • We need our communities and key partners to help us to keep London safe and to thwart the terrorists who seek to divide us and undermine our way of life.
  • We need communities to remain calm but vigilant. Community intelligence is a key part of our response and we are urging people to immediately report anything that causes them concern or raises their suspicions.
  • If the public see something suspicious we ask them to ACT. Action Counters Terrorism; report anything you’ve heard that could identify a terrorist threat by calling 0800 789 321. In an emergency always call 999 - #ActionCountersTerrorism.

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