Statement by Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for counter terrorism:
“The UK police service continues to support those affected by the terrorist attack in Tunisia by providing a range of specialist officers and expertise.
“Extra officers are at British airports to support returning travellers and identify potential witnesses. We are supporting families both in the UK and overseas with specially trained liaison officers, and we are deploying a team of counter terrorism officers to Tunisia to support the UK coroner’s inquests. This includes forensic officers, detectives and other specialists.
“I would like to take this opportunity to make an appeal for anyone who was in Sousse, Tunisia around the time of the attack on Friday, 26 June to come forward with information or material that could help with our inquiries. Information can be passed in confidence to the anti-Terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.
“In the UK, the threat from international terrorism remains severe, meaning an attack is highly likely. Due to this level of threat the police service is already operating at a heightened state of alert and our security plans for public events reflect this readiness.
“However, in light of recent events we have reviewed security measures at a number of events and celebrations taking place this weekend. This is not in response to any specific threat but it is right that we keep our security plans under continual review to help protect and reassure the public.
“We continue to do everything we can to help keep the people safe by identifying, pursuing and prosecuting suspects and disrupting their activities.
“There has been a significant increase in the level of counter terrorist policing activity in the UK. Last year there were over 330 arrests – about one a day – and 89 people were convicted for terror-related offences.
“Specialist officers continue to work with partners to strengthen the protection and security of key sites, business and public places around the UK to help ensure they are safe for visitors and workers.”
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