By Rachael Grealish
Cumbria Police is asking people to ‘remain vigilant’ following the national terrorism threat level raising from ‘substantial’ to ‘severe’.
On Monday, November 15, Counter Terrorism Police raised the threat level following the two acts of terrorism, in the UK, in recent weeks – the murder of Sir David Amess MP in October, and the incident in Liverpool on the weekend.
In response Cumbria Police has released a statement telling people to be ‘vigilant’ and ‘act on your instinct’ – however, they also insisted Cumbrians should not be alarmed.
It read: “We would ask everyone to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious – but we also want to offer reassurance that the change is a precautionary measure and not based on any specific threat.
“While we want everyone to remain alert, you should not be alarmed by this change.
“Our officers, along with all our partners, will continue to work hard to keep you the public safe, but countering terrorism also requires the support of our communities.
“Communities defeat terrorism and it remains vitally important that the public everywhere – including in Cumbria – remains vigilant and reports any suspicious activity to police.
“Act on your instincts and if you do see anything suspicious then please report it at gov.uk/ACT.”
In the Counter Terrorism statement it explained forces will ‘increase the focus of our visible patrols, and implement other security and protection measures’.
The full Counter Terrorism statement can be viewed here.