London,
24
May
2017
|
12:26
Europe/London

UK terror threat level raised to critical

As you may have seen reported on the national and local media, the country’s terror threat level has been raised to its highest level of "critical", meaning further attacks may be imminent.

The investigation into the terrorist attack in Manchester is large scale, fast moving and making progress. There has been an arrest and there are currently multiple searches and other activity taking place. However, at this stage it is still not possible to be certain if there was a wider group involved in the attack.

The Metropolitan Police have increased their presence across the capital and military personnel will now be deployed to protect key sites and transport hubs. Because of this there may be visible military presence at Camden locations such as St Pancras. This is part of an agreed and well-rehearsed plan and military personnel will remain under the command and control of the police service.

Residents are asked to stay calm but remain vigilant. You can also report anything suspicious to the police by calling 0800 789 321. If you feel in immediate danger please call 999.

If you are confronted by a potentially dangerous situation, the Police advise “Run, Hide, Tell”.

RUN to a place of safety. This is a far better option than to surrender or negotiate. If there’s nowhere to go, then…

HIDE. It’s better to hide than to confront. Remember to turn your phone to silent and turn off vibrate. Barricade yourself in if you can.

Then finally and only when it is safe to do so…

TELL the police by calling 999.

At this time we remind everyone to remain calm but alert. If you see anything that causes you concern, then report it immediately. We will not allow these dreadful attacks to divide us or to undermine our freedoms.

Camden is a place that champions equality and celebrates diversity, welcoming people from different countries and backgrounds. It is a diverse and cohesive borough where all our communities are valued for the contributions they bring. Camden rejects all messages of hate based on people’s nationality or ethnicity. We are encouraging residents to report and share information of any type of hate crime that they witness or experience in the borough.

If you witness a hate crime report it, even if you are unsure what happened - the perpetrator may do it again. If anyone is in danger call 999. For non-emergencies, call the police on 101.

If you have concerns about community tensions please contact us via 020 7974 4444 or by email communitysafety@camden.gov.uk 

Our message is clear: these crimes will not be tolerated and we must stand together to support all residents and visitors.