Police chief reassures public over ‘critical’ threat level

With the UK terror threat level being raised to ‘critical’, Norfolk’s Chief Constable Simon Bailey has moved to reassure residents.

Members of the public will be seeing an increased police presence, including armed units, at key locations around the county.

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

Chief Constable Simon Bailey said: “There is no specific intelligence relating to Norfolk however the public would expect us to respond accordingly to this raised threat level.

“As a result members of the public will see an increased policing presence at key locations – primarily those with high-footfall and we are reviewing key events over the coming weeks.

“Military personnel are not currently being deployed – but the threat assessment is continuously under review.”

“I would ask the public 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, we would rather investigate concerns which come to nothing, rather than hear an incident could have been prevented.”

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.