Essex Police has announced that armed officers will be working alongside their neighbourhood and specialist colleagues on high visibility patrols at intu Lakeside and London Southend airport.
The patrols, which will begin today (Monday 19 September) and which will not have regular scheduled times, are designed to reassure the public and deter or disrupt crime and terrorism and are not in a response to any specific intelligence or information about incidents in the county.
Assistant Chief Constable Carl O’Malley has told Radio Essex: “Police officers are working around the clock across the county to protect people from harm. That work includes countering the threat posed by terrorism.
“There is no specific intelligence about a direct threat in Essex and no cause for alarm, but the current UK terrorist threat level is ‘severe’, meaning that an attack in this country is ‘highly likely’.”
Essex Police has appealed for people in the county to be alert but not alarmed, to raise issues with staff or security in public places or call 999 in an emergency. Any suspicious activity can be reported to the police by calling the confidential anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789321.