10th Dec, 2016

West Mercia Police issue ‘Stay Safe: Firearms and Weapons Attack’ video in wake of Brussels bombing

Evesham Editorial 23rd Mar, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

WEST Mercia Police are urging people and businesses to be alert but not alarmed following the incidents which took place in Brussels yesterday (Tuesday).

The threat to the UK from international terrorism remains at severe, as it has been since August 2014, meaning an attack is highly likely.

Police and security agencies are working tirelessly to protect the public but it is also important that communities remain vigilant and people are aware of how to protect themselves if the need arises.

While there is no intelligence at this time relating to any specific threat within Warwickshire Police or West Mercia Police areas, we are urging people to familiarise themselves with a public information film, released previously, which provides advice on the steps to take to keep safe in the event of a firearms or weapons attack.

The four minute film, Stay Safe: Firearms and Weapons Attack, which was released nationally, can be found here: www.npcc.police.uk/staysafe and is accompanied by an online information leaflet.

Deputy Chief Constable Karen Manners said: “Our thoughts are with the people of Brussels following the terrible attacks which have taken place today.

“I would like to stress that there is no intelligence at this time relating to any specific threat within our area and the probability of being caught up in a firearms or weapons attack remains very, very small.

“However, we feel it is our responsibility to share this public safety guidance with you, as we would do with any other personal safety issue.

“We urge the public and businesses to be alert but not alarmed and report anything suspicious to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. In an emergency always call 999.”