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UPDATED: Extra BTP officers out across England, Scotland and Wales

UPDATED 27 May 2017

Extra police patrols on rail network to continue throughout the weekend

 
Extra police patrols on the rail network will continue over the Bank Holiday weekend.
 
On Saturday 27 May the level of threat to the UK from international terrorism was reduced from ‘critical’ to ‘severe’, which means an attack is highly likely.
 
As a result, extra police patrols will continue on the rail network over the Bank Holiday weekend. We are also asking passengers and rail staff to remain vigilant.
 
More officers than usual have been patrolling the network since the threat level was raised to ‘critical’ on Tuesday 23 May – the day after the devastating terrorist attack at Manchester Arena. These extra patrols will continue throughout the Bank Holiday weekend.
 
Our officers are there to make sure you feel safe and know that we are there to protect you.
 
You may also see some of our armed police officers at stations or on trains. Please don’t be alarmed by this, we want to make sure we are covering as much of the rail network as possible.
 
We are also being supported by armed police officers from the Ministry of Defence Police, as part of Operation Temperer - the mobilisation plan for military to support the police service following a major terrorist attack. 
 
You may see them working with us at some of London’s railway stations. This will continue throughout the Bank Holiday weekend.
 
Whilst we have more officers on patrol and we have asked you to be vigilant, this doesn’t mean there is any specific intelligence relating to the railway, or that there is an increased risk if you are travelling by train or tube.
 
We understand though that people are worried, so please feel free to talk to any of our officers if you need any help, advice or reassurance.
 
Suspicious behaviour
 
If you see something out of place, or unusual, please speak to one of our officers or a member of rail staff.
 
Look out for the unusual – activity or behaviour that strikes you as not quite right and out of place.
 
Trust your instincts and report it – we will assess whether the information you have is important or not.
 
If you see anything suspicious:

  • In an emergency call 999
  • Call the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321
  • Call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or text us on 61016

Find out how to ACT to counter terrorism.
 
 

Published Wednesday 24 May 2017

Extra BTP officers out across England, Scotland and Wales

In light of recent events, you will have seen the UK threat level in relation to international terrorism increased to critical overnight. This means that we could experience some form of attack imminently.

At British Transport Police, we have more officers than usual patrolling at stations as well as on trains across the country. They’re there to make sure you feel safe and know that we are there to protect you.

You may also see some of our armed officers at stations or on trains where you wouldn’t normally expect them to be. Please don’t be alarmed by this, we want to make sure that we are covering as much of the rail network as possible.

Whilst we have more BTP officers at stations across the country and have asked you to be vigilant, this does not mean that any specific intelligence has been received relating to our stations or that there is an increased risk of travelling by train or tube.

However, we understand that news about the threat level could be worrying, so do not hesitate to talk to one of our officers if you need any help or advice.

Deputy Chief Constable Adrian Hanstock said: “Our officers have been given specialist training in counter terrorism policing – including behavioural awareness skills. This means that their day-to-day policing role is keenly focussed on keeping passengers and staff as safe as possible.

“Over the coming days, we’ll be keeping a close eye to keep you safe, as well as making sure the nation’s railways keep functioning as usual.

“I want to take this opportunity to remind everyone to stay calm, be vigilant, and if you spot anything at all which gives you cause for concern, let us know. In light of the dreadful events over these last few days, and last night’s increase to the national threat level, nothing should be considered too trivial to report and any information – regardless of whether you feel it is significant or not – may be important to all of us.”

Suspicious behaviour

We would also like you to stop our officers and tell us if you see anything suspicious.

We want you to look out for the unusual – activity or behaviour that strikes you as not quite right and out of place. You may feel it’s nothing but trust your instincts and report it; our intelligence specialists will be able to assess whether the information you have is important or not.

If you see or hear anything that could be a threat of any kind you can

  • Call the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321
  • A textphone service is available if you have speech or hearing difficulties 0800 032 4539 (text messages from mobiles not accepted)

or to get in touch with British Transport Police direct

  • Call us on 0800 40 50 40
  • Text us on 61016
In case of an emergency, always ring 999
 

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