election campaign re-starts today after terrorism suspension
have stepped up patrols and Burnham-On-Sea's General Election candidates
suspended their local campaigns following this week's Manchester
suicide bombing tragically left 22 people dead and many others injured.
incident prompted the suspension of election campaigning across
the UK as a mark of respect, including in the Burnham-On-Sea area.
Campaigning is due to re-restart today (Thursday).
UK's threat level of international terrorism was also raised to
critical by the government, meaning another attack may
be imminent, prompting extra Police patrols in the Burnham area.
threat level of international terrorism in the UK was raised to
critical and an Avon
and Somerset Police spokesman said: "This is a national threat
level and is based on intelligence that is considered credible and
a result, military personnel will be deployed alongside police at
a number of locations across the country. This is to free up armed
officers from certain duties and to enable them to support the wider
UK policing response to the tragic events in Manchester."
is currently no known threat to the South West and it is unlikely
members of the public will see military on the streets of Avon and
Somerset although the situation is being kept under constant review."
a precautionary measure we have increased the number of officers
on duty to provide a highly visible, reassurance presence - both
armed and unarmed - across the force area and we will do this for
as long as is needed."
have long and well-established plans in place to deal with attacks
of this nature and we rehearse them regularly with partners to ensure
we are as ready as we possibly can be. Were doing everything
possible to keep people safe."
public are reminded to remain alert but not alarmed and to report
any suspicious behaviour or activity to us on 101 or to the Anti-Terrorist
Hotline on 0800 789 321. In an emergency the public should always