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POLICE URGE PUBLIC VIGILANCE DURING FESTIVE PERIOD

20 December 2023

Club News

POLICE URGE PUBLIC VIGILANCE DURING FESTIVE PERIOD

20 December 2023

Counter Terrorism Policing North East is asking people to be their eyes and ears this Christmas as footfall increases in cities, towns, arenas, parks & shopping centres as people head out to enjoy the festive period.

The public are encouraged to enjoy the fantastic events available whilst staying alert and reporting anything that doesn’t seem right.  

Detective Superintendent Matt Davison is the regional Head of Protect and Prepare.

He said: “Unfortunately the threat from terrorism remains very real, and recent incidents demonstrate that attacks can happen anywhere, and without warning. 

“The threat to the UK from terrorism is currently at ‘Substantial’, which means an attack is likely. 

“Alongside our partners, we are working day and night to monitor the threat and protect our communities from harm. 

“This includes increased security staff and officers in busy locations across the region, especially in the run up to Christmas. They are there to help and members of the public are encouraged to report any concerns to them 

‘“The support of the public is critical.

“We want everyone to enjoy this time of year safely, so as people come together to make the most of the fantastic events, activities and facilities our region has to offer, our message is simple, stay alert and trust your instincts.

“If you see something suspicious, or that simply doesn’t feel right, please report it. You won’t be wasting our time and you could even save lives.

“Whether you’re attending an event, heading our shopping, or just going about your day-to-day life, it’s really important that you are aware of your surroundings”.

If you see something that doesn’t feel right you can report online at gov.uk/ACT or call police to talk through your concerns in confidence on 0800 789 321. In an emergency, always call 999.


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