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Please be alert for suspicious activity - Suffolk

posted 25 May 2017, 01:48 by Chris Hoare   [ updated 25 May 2017, 01:48 ]

Suffolk’s chief police officer has urged people to go about their daily business, while being alert to suspicious activity.


It comes as police respond to the national terror threat level being raised to critical. 

Armed officers have been deployed to key locations in both counties, in particular crowded areas with high footfall, to provide visible reassurance. 

It comes after the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre raised the threat level – meaning an attack not only remains highly likely but a further attack may be imminent. 

Chief Constable Gareth Wilson said: "The public would expect us to respond appropriately and proportionately to this raised threat level and the deployment of armed officers is our primary response to this." 

"Suffolk is a safe county and this additional policing is about providing a visible reassurance to the public." 

"Armed officers will be on patrol across the county and will be there to engage and to provide a presence in busy areas.”

Military personnel are not currently being deployed in joint patrols with police officers in crowded places – but the threat assessment is continuously under review. 

Officers are also reviewing security plans for a number of events in the coming weeks. 

Mr Wilson added: "I would urge people to go about their daily business as usual, but be extra vigilant and report anything you think looks out of place.”

Members of the public are asked to remain calm but alert – if you see anything which causes you concern, then call the police immediately. Look out for anything that seems out of place. 

Latest guidance on recognising the terrorist threat and remaining vigilant can be accessed via www.nactso.gov.uk

To report any suspicious activity or behaviour call 0800 789 321 or in an emergency dial 999.

Help us keep our communities safe.

Police advice on a variety of subjects can be accessed via  https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice

To report something, or to otherwise contact Police, use the link http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us 

Alternatively call 101 for non-urgent matters.

Always call 999 in emergencies, or if an immediate police response is required

The Police Connect Team

25 May 17