Public Guidance For Weapons Attack Released

Communities must remain vigilant as threat is SEVERE

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A public information film on keeping safe in the event of a firearms or weapons attack has been released by the National Counter Terrorism Policing.

The threat in the UK is considered 'SEVERE' meaning an attack is highly likely. Police and security agencies are working to protect the public but say it is also important that communities remain vigilant and aware of how to protect themselves if the need arises.

An information film that provides advice on the steps to take has been released to the public.

The four minute film, 'Stay Safe: Firearms and Weapons Attack' sets out three key steps for keeping safe. The film and leaflet advise that if you are caught up in an incident to ‘run, hide and tell’ - Run to a place of safety; hide in a place of safety; only when safe tell police.

Speaking on behalf of National Counter Terrorism Policing, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Neil Basu, said:

"The public should not be alarmed by this step. While the general level of threat to the UK is SEVERE, the probability of being caught up in a firearms or weapons attack is very, very small. However, it is important the public know what to do in the event of getting caught up in such an incident.

"Our advice has already been issued to tens of thousands of people during police-led security training sessions but it is only responsible that we issue this public safety guidance more widely.

"We know that from case studies and the testimony of people who have survived attacks that the advice given in the film has saved lives.

"With the threat level remaining at a high level, the police and security service continue to operate at a heightened state of readiness - we are working on hundreds of investigations and making an arrest a day. However, it is only with the ongoing support of communities that we can defeat terrorism - you are our eyes and ears so please be alert, but not alarmed.

"We are asking everyone to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency, 999."


December 18th 2015

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