Update from Safer London 17/12/2015
This morning the Detective Superintendent David Roney form the National Coordinator Protect and Prepare’s (NCPP) office provided an update to CSSC Industry Sector Leads (ISLs) on the current threat from international Terrorism to the United Kingdom during a CSSC National Bridge Call. At the start of the call it was stressed that the current threat across the UK from international terrorism remains SEVERE, meaning an attack is highly likely. The increased level of activity is matched by UK police and security and intelligence services who are working tirelessly and at pace to confront the terrorist threat and keep the public safe. Police have been informed by the public and businesses of stories being circulated by text and social media that detail attacks will take place at specific sites on specific dates. These are unfounded rumours. We advise the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity using the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. Should there be any change in the current threat or information the NCPP will ensure that they engage with ISLs at the earliest opportunity.
¨ The threat comes principally from Daesh (also known as ISIL) and al Qaida, and groups and individuals who are directed, encouraged or inspired by them;
¨ The level of threat is complex and ranges from lone actors intent on carrying out crude attacks to sophisticated networks pursuing ambitious and coordinated plots – as we saw starkly demonstrated in Paris last month;
¨ This increased level of activity is matched by increased action by the police and security services, who are currently working on around 600 investigations and making an arrest a day;
¨ We urge the public to be alert but not alarmed – police service carries out daily activities to help maintain the protection and security of our citizens, public institutions, critical national infrastructure, and businesses and places;
¨ Our security measures and activities are constantly reviewed to reflect where the threats exist and the level of threat we are facing;6th December 2015
¨ Communities defeat terrorism, which is why we must maintain the strong relationship between the public and police. We depend on information from the public, who can be our eyes and ears, in our efforts to keep us all safe;
¨ We advise the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency the public should always call 999.
Confronting the Terrorist Threat
Police and security services action to protect the public and our national security:
¨ The UK police and security and intelligence services are working tirelessly and at pace to confront the terrorist threat and keep the public safe.
¨ Our national CT policing network stretches across the UK and sees specialist detectives, analysts, surveillance officers and technicians working in partnership with MI5 actively gathering intelligence and information to thwart plots and find the evidence to prosecute would be perpetrators.
¨ The police are currently investigating around 600 active cases, involving hundreds more individuals. Many of these investigations will be jointly run with MI5 targeting the most dangerous people and plots.
¨ In November the Prime Minister announced that seven major terrorist plots have been foiled in the last 12 months.
¨ The latest CT-related arrest figures show the number of counter terrorism related arrests is around one a day in response to the growing terrorist threat.
¨ In the last 12 months (December 2014 to November 2015) there were 347 CT-related arrests, compared to 309 during the previous 12 months. That represents an 11% increase.
¨ The long term trend shows that in the last three financial years there has been 56% increase in the number of arrests compared with the previous three financial years.
¨ The number of people convicted of CT-related offences in the last 12 months (December 2014 to November 2015) was 47, while many more await trial.
¨ In addition to our investigations and intelligence-gathering work, we carry out significant protective security operations which help guard potential targets, disrupt hostile reconnaissance and undermine other forms of terror planning.
With the threat level remaining at severe we continue to operate at a heightened state of readiness, and since the attacks in Paris the public may have noticed increased policing at certain events or places.
¨ Terrorists have an ambition to sow discord, distrust and to create fear. The way we can defeat that is by focusing on trust and relationships in our communities. At the heart of success in countering terrorism is the relationship between the public and the police, and we want this to be stronger than ever.
¨ The police stand together with all communities in the UK and we will take action against any criminal behaviour which seeks to undermine society, especially where crimes are motivated by hate.
¨ Hate crimes are committed by a small minority of people and are not representative of the public. This is a time for us all to work closely together and unite against those who seek, through violence and extremism, to intimidate or cause fear.
¨ Communities and families are asked to contact their local police for access to advice and support about anyone they feel may be potentially vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism or violent extremism. You can contact your local police on 101 or visit www.preventtragedies.co.uk for further advice and guidance.
Online Launch of Stay Safe—Run, Hide, Tell
Attacks in the UK and abroad remind us all of the terrorist threat we face, which in the UK is considered as ‘severe’, 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 aware of how to protect themselves if the need arises.
National Counter Terrorism policing is providing advice to the public on the steps they can take to keep themselves safe in the rare event of a firearms or weapons attack.
The police service have released a short public information film called Stay Safe: Firearms and Weapons Attack which sets out the key options for keeping safe should the worst happen. The film will be available online from Friday 18th December 2015.