West Midlands Police have released a statement to reassure communities across the region after the terrible events in Westminster yesterday afternoon and subsequent searches and arrests around the country, including in Birmingham.
Metropolitan Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Mark Rowley, the UK’s lead officer on counter terrorism, said this morning: “Hundreds of detectives have been working through the night and during that time I can confirm we have searched six addresses – and made seven arrests. The inquiries in Birmingham, London and other parts of the country continue.”
However, reassurances that there is no intelligence to suggest the threat of a further attack being imminent, echo those from Prime Minister Theresa May in Parliament this morning who confirmed that the security threat level has not been raised and remains at Severe, as it has been for some time.
A spokesperson for West Midlands Police said: “The arrests and searches were intelligence led and there was no immediate risk to public safety. We would like to reassure our communities that we have extra officers out on patrol throughout the next few days to offer reassurance and address any concerns you may have. We are keen to stress that this additional security is not based on any new or emerging intelligence.”
Members of the public are being urged to remain alert, but not alarmed, be vigilant and report any suspicions.
Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale, who leads on counter terrorism for the force, said: “Suspicious activity is anything that seems out of place, unusual or just doesn’t seem to fit in with day-to-day life – Let us decide if it is important.
“We work tirelessly to counter terrorism. Our absolute priority is to ensure the safety and security of the people who live, work and visit the West Midlands area. Our policing tactics and security measures are being reviewed on a daily basis – we, along with our partners, are working around the clock to keep Birmingham and our other cities as safe as can be.”
You can report any concerns to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. In an emergency, always dial 999.
Our thoughts go out to all affected by yesterday’s terrible events.