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Major Counter-Terrorism Operation Begins In London

Monday 9th June 2014

A major counter-terrorism operation begins in London today.


Officers will be carrying out patrols in shopping centres and using cameras to detect vehicles which might be involved in future terror plots as part of Operation Griffin.

Thousands of businesses will also get advice on suspicious activity to look out for and there will be attempts to inform the public of what role they can play.

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), City of London Police (CoLP) and British Transport Police (BTP) are all involved in the initiative.

Activity will be taking place across all 32 boroughs 9 -15 June 2014, with tactics including automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) operations and high visibility patrols around crowded places such as shopping centres and transport hubs.

This year will mark the 10th anniversary of Project Griffin, which aims to advise and familiarise managers, security officers and employees of large public and private sector organisations across the capital on security, counter-terrorism and crime prevention issues.

Commander Simon Bray, from Specialist Operations, said: "Everyone has a role to play in keeping London safe from terrorism. This operation sees specialist officers working closely with neighbourhood officers and communities raising awareness of security in London.

"We want to build on the success of Project Griffin and continue our engagement with communities and businesses in a variety of ways to counter the threat from terrorism. Our aim is to raise awareness and improve protection from a terrorist attack and other crimes.

"The threat to London from terrorism remains real and serious, so we encourage the public to remain vigilant and alert and to report anything suspicious to police."

Anyone who has any information about unusual activity or behaviour should contact the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

In the event of an emergency always dial 999.