Counter-terror police urge vigilance ahead of Bank Holiday weekend

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Police today urged people to stay safe over the long weekend amid increased risk of a terror attack.

Notting Hill Carnival, Reading Festival and Premier League football matches are all possible targets, according to advice from the National Police Chiefs’ Council.

The National Coordinator for Protect and Prepare, Detective Chief Superintendent Scott Wilson, said: “While there is no information to suggest that any event is facing an increased risk of attack, the fact is that the UK’s threat level remains at ‘severe’ which means an attack is highly likely.

“We know only too well that tragic events can happen without warning at any time or place, and crowded places can be particularly vulnerable.

“With so many events taking place this weekend, we want as many people as possible to know exactly how to keep themselves and others safe.”

He urged anyone attending large events over the Bank Holiday to study advice issued by counter-terror police.

It includes the suggestion to “run, hide, tell” in the event of a firearms or knife attack and a recommendation to minimise what you carry.

The NPCC said police and security services had  ramped up efforts to keep people safe at large events in the wake of atrocities across Britain and Europe this year.

There have been three attacks in London alone since March when 52-year-old Khalid Masood drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing four, before ramming into the perimeter fence of the Palace of Westminster and fatally stabbing an unarmed policeman.

On June 3, eight people were killed and many others were injured in an attack on London Bridge and Borough Market. A few weeks later, a van was driven into worshippers near a mosque in Finsbury Park.

Security Minister Ben Wallace said: “The recent terror attacks in the UK and across Europe have been a shocking reminder of the threat we all face.

“Our police and security and intelligence agencies work tirelessly, often unseen, day in and day out to keep us safe and we are currently reviewing our counter-terrorism strategy to see what more can be done.

“This is a job for all of us. The public also have a vital role to play as they are ideally placed to notice activity which is unusual.”

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