Met Police make arrest in Lancashire following Australia Counter Terrorism Operation 

Following confirmation of an arrest in Lancashire on 18 April in connection with the counter terrorism operation in Australia a police spokesperson said:

“There is no change to the security announcement made on Saturday about asking forces to review plans for Anzac Day related events to ensure they are safe and secure for visitors and officers. The threat level remains unchanged but as ever the public should remain vigilant and report any concerns.”

A statement was released on 18 April by Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, Specialist Operations regarding protective security arrangements in the UK following events in Australia this weekend:

DAC Basu said: “Following counter terrorism arrests in Australia this weekend and allegations of attack planning against Anzac Day commemorations and police officers in Australia, we are reviewing security plans at related events in the UK.

“We already have protective security plans in place for major Anzac events in the UK but as a sensible precaution all forces have been asked to review security arrangements at related events to ensure they are safe and secure for the public and officers.

“While there is no information to suggest a specific threat to related events in the UK – and the current UK threat level remains unchanged – the public should remain vigilant.

“If the public are concerned or wish to report anything suspicious they can call the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency call 999.”