Message on behalf of ACC Pippa Mills
Following the terrorist incident in Parson’s Green, London on Friday September 15 the UK threat level has been raised to CRITICAL. This means that an attack in the UK from international terrorism is regarded as imminent.
However I would like to reassure you that there is no specific information or intelligence linking any threat to Essex, however this cannot be discounted. We train and prepare for incidents like this and have robust well-planned arrangements in place. In addition we are continuing to work tirelessly with our partners and the community to ensure our county and its residents remain safe.
Armed officers will continue to patrol our international ports and airports as well as Intu Lakeside Shopping Centre in Thurrock. We are also increasing our patrols at transport hubs and the many planned public events taking place this weekend across the county.
Communities defeat terrorism so we are urging our partners and the public to continue to report any suspicious activity to us.
If you are concerned call 101 or 999 in an emergency or alternatively call the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.