Devon and Cornwall Police urge vigilance following London attack

PUBLISHED: 14:42 23 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:59 23 March 2017

Police outside the Palace of Westminster, London, after sounds similar to gunfire have been heard close to the Palace of Westminster. A man with a knife has been seen within the confines of the Palace, eyewitnesses said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 22, 2017. See PA story POLICE Westminster. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Police outside the Palace of Westminster, London, after sounds similar to gunfire have been heard close to the Palace of Westminster. A man with a knife has been seen within the confines of the Palace, eyewitnesses said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 22, 2017. See PA story POLICE Westminster. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

'Be alert, not alarmed' is the message coming from police in the wake of the attack in Westminster yesterday (Wednesday)

Devon and Cornwall Police are urging communities to remain vigilant and alert in the wake of yesterday’s (Wednesday) terrorist attack in Westminster.

Assistant chief constable Russ Middleton said events in London were a ‘timely reminder’ of the need to be vigilant and report suspicious activity.

Police said there is ‘no specific intelligence’ to suggest there is any additional threat in Devon. The threat level for the country remains severe.

Assistant chief constable Middleton added: “The impact of yesterday’s events will be felt for some time and our condolences go to the families of the police officer and members of the public who have died and been seriously injured as a result of the attack.

“The police service nationally feels the effects of what saw unfold in London yesterday and the impact on both our colleagues and the wider public.

“Devon and Cornwall Police officers and staff are always aware of the dangers of such attacks, they remain thankfully rare.

“Local people may see some increased patrols locally and might also see a more overt armed presence from officers.

“I’d ask the public not to be fearful of this, but to feel more secure that steps are being taken to ensure their safety.

“Devon and Cornwall Police stand with the Metropolitan Police and other forces in not letting attacks like this stop people going about their daily business.

“Vigilance and being alert to potential intelligence is critical, but rest assured everything possible is being done to ensure public safety at this difficult time.”

Anyone with any information regarding suspicious activity can contact the national Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789321.

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