Recent attacks and plot unfolds in different parts of world has sparked a lot of  terrorism discussions in the media. The threat from International Terrorism to the United Kingdom remains at SEVERE  this means an attack is highly likely; this has been the case since August 2014.

As the weekend approaches and people go out to celebrate the end of the week we need to remember to be vigilant and report suspicious behaviour. Police act on information from the public who report suspicious behaviour.

“If you suspect it, report it’ by contacting police directly or through the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321

Stay Safe

‘Stay Safe’ principles (Run Hide Tell) give some simple actions to consider at an incident and the information that armed officers may need in the event of a firearms and weapons attack. Full guidance is contained on the NaCTSO website https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/recognising-the-terrorist-threat.

Run

  • Escape if you can
  • Consider the safest options
  • Is there a safe route? RUN if not HIDE
  • Can you get there without exposing yourself to greater danger?
  • Insist others leave with you
  • Leave belongings behind

Hide

  • If you can’t RUN, HIDE
  • Find cover from gunfire
  • If you can see the attacker, they may be able to see you
  • Cover from view does not mean you are safe, bullets go through glass, brick, wood and metal
  • Find cover from gunfire e.g. substantial brickwork / heavy reinforced walls
  • Be aware of your exits
  • Try not to get trapped
  • Be quiet, silence your phone
  • Lock / barricade yourself in
  • Move away from the door

Tell

  • Call 999 – What do the police need to know?
  • Location – Where are the suspects?
  • Direction – Where did you last see the suspects?
  • Descriptions – Describe the attacker, numbers, features, clothing, weapons etc
  • Further information – Casualties., type of injury, building information, entrances, exists, hostages etc
  • Stop other people entering the building if it is safe to do so

Armed Police Response

  • Follow officers instructions
  • Remain calm
  • Can you move to a safer area?
  • Avoid sudden movements that may be considered a threat
  • Keep your hands in view

Officers may

  • Point guns at you
  • Treat your firmly
  • Question you
  • Be unable to distinguish you from the attacker
  • Officers will evacuate you when it is safe to do so

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