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Safety of travelling public and rail staff remains a priority for British Transport Police in wake of Paris attacks

Superintendent Kyle Gordon, Head of Operations for British Transport Police in Scotland, said:  
 
“Following the horrific events in Paris the safety of Scotland’s travelling public and rail staff remains our utmost priority. British Transport Police will continue to have highly-visible officers across the rail network and will remain calm and vigilant to keep the railway secure.

“This does not mean we have specific intelligence about those stations where the officers are posted, just that we are prepared for any eventuality. The national threat level is currently unchanged and remains ‘severe – an attack is highly likely’ which means everyone, including passengers and staff, needs to stay alert and report any activity or items which seem suspicious.

“We ask that you take particular responsibility for keeping your personal belongings with you at all times. At a time when sensitivity is heightened, a misplaced bag or piece of forgotten luggage could present a serious cause for concern and is something which is easily avoidable.

“Tackling those who seek to disrupt our lives – and way of life – is never going to be easy, but we can all work together to make spotting potential risks much easier.  If you see any activity, behaviour or items which appears suspicious please call us on 0800 40 50 40 or text us on 61016. In an emergency always ring 999."

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British Transport Police is the specialist, national police service for Britain’s railways. BTP deals with major and minor crime, disorder and incidents, and covers the rail system in England, Wales and Scotland, including London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, the Glasgow Subway and the Midland Metro and Croydon Tramlink systems. Its 2,972 police officers, 323 Police Community Support Officers, 247 Special Constables and 1,533 support staff are recruited and trained like those of local forces and have the same powers. Find out more at www.btp.police.uk

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