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Incident at Westminster: Safety and Security Update


23rd March 2017

Following yesterday’s incident at Westminster, South Bank BID would like to update you with safety and security information from the UK National Counter-Terrorism Policing Headquarters and the Metropolitan Police.

Following the incident at Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament, you will see an increased visible police presence on the streets for the foreseeable future. This is to reassure the public. There is no change to the UK national threat level: it remains ‘severe’. At this stage the view is that yesterday’s attacker acted alone, inspired by international terrorism.

The advice is that if anything seems suspicious to you, trust your instincts and call 999 or, where an immediate response is not required and you suspect you may have witnessed hostile reconnaissance, call the Confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or call 101. Remain alert of your surroundings, keeping phones close to hand and charged, but avoiding using them, or headphones, whilst travelling.

Businesses are advised to: consider reviewing your security patrol strategy, to make routines less predictable; to shut non-essential entry points and focus CCTV on entry and exits; and refresh ‘Project Griffin’ training for security staff. You are also advised to review building and business continuity plans; ensure that First Aid points are stocked and known to staff; and to circulate the Stay Safe: Firearms and Weapons Attack video to your staff.

We will bring you further updates following the incident at Westminster just as soon as we get them.

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