May 24, 2017
Burnham's election campaign re-starts today after terrorism suspension

Police have stepped up patrols and Burnham-On-Sea's General Election candidates suspended their local campaigns following this week's Manchester terror attack.

Monday's suicide bombing tragically left 22 people dead and many others injured.

The 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).

The 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.

The 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 specific."

"As 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."

"There 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."

"As 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."

"We 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. We’re doing everything possible to keep people safe."

"The 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 call 999."

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