Overtly-armed officers will be deployed to public events and places in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland today (Sunday 4 June) where large groups of people are expected to gather.
It comes in the wake of last night’s terrorist attack in London which left seven people dead and nearly 50 others hospitalised. The three suspects were shot dead by armed officers.
Assistant Chief Constable Rob Nixon, who is overseeing the force’s response to last night’s incidents, said the uplift in armed patrols was intended to reassure the public and to keep people safe.
He said: “I do not want anyone to be alarmed if they see armed officers out and about today. I would hope that everyone will understand it is a necessary but proportionate step in the light of last night’s terrible events.
“We know from recent events that the vast majority of our communities understand why we need to deploy armed officers in more overt ways at certain times, and that they welcome such deployments.
“Residents and visitors alike planning to attend events or other attractions today need to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings, and in particular anyone who they believe may be acting suspiciously.
“We will be monitoring the situation throughout today and reviewing, in the light of any announcement from the Prime Minister, our armed response capability and what, if any further, action and changes we need to take to keep people safe.”
If you have information about possible terrorist activity, call the police anti-terrorist hotline: 0800 789 321.
You can also call Leicestershire Police on 101 to report anything that you consider suspicious or connected with terrorism.
Source:: Leicestershire Police News