Intelligence and security

Met Police review security for police and ANZAC events in light of Australian counter terror arrests

Australian Federal Police announce counter-terrorism arrests and nature of their inquiry into ISIS-inspired plot to attack ANZAC events. Image: ABC. Click through to report.

Australian Federal Police announce counter-terrorism arrests and nature of their inquiry into ISIS-inspired plot to attack ANZAC events. Image: ABC. Click through to report.

The Met Police is reviewing security for ceremonial events and their own officers after the arrests of teenagers in Australia suspected of an ISIS-inspired plot.

Counter-terrorism police in Melbourne believe the five youths were planning attacks on Anzac commemorations– events remembering Australian and New Zealand troops who died in the Great War.

DAC Neil Basu. Image: Met Police

DAC Neil Basu. Image: Met Police

Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said:

Following counter terrorism arrests in Australia this weekend and allegations of attack planning against Anzac Day commemorations and police officers in Australia, we are reviewing security plans at related events in the UK.

We already have protective security plans in place for major Anzac events in the UK but as a sensible precaution all forces have been asked to review security arrangements at related events to ensure they are safe and secure for the public and officers.

DAC Basu is in charge of Specialist Operations and added:

While there is no information to suggest a specific threat to related events in the UK – and the current UK threat level remains unchanged – the public should remain vigilant.

If the public are concerned or wish to report anything suspicious they can call the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency call 999.

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