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Commissioner Joins Cleveland Police's Campaign to Protect the UK from Terrorism


BArry Coppinger and ACC Simon Nickless launched National Counter Terrorism Awareness Week at the Showcase Cinema.

Cleveland Police is supporting a national police campaign, designed to make it harder for terrorists to attack the UK.

Today sees the launch of National Counter Terrorism Awareness Week, which will run from Monday 24th November to Sunday 30th November. During this week, police and partner agencies will work together to deliver activity and events across the country, to increase vigilance amongst the general public, business and transport community.

Activity will focus on five key areas, where simple measures and an increased understanding could help to prevent an act of terrorism. Each day will feature a different theme: crowded places, transport hubs, preventing violent extremism, terrorist financing and the tools terrorists need to operate.

Each theme will be supported by different engagement activity, ranging from security briefings for sports venues, retailers, leisure parks and transport operators, to the delivery of public advice in community venues and local colleges and universities.

Targeted police operations will also take place at key sites across the force area in an effort to disrupt terrorist activity, or criminal efforts which may help to fund or support terrorist objectives.

At the Riverside Stadium on Saturday 29thNovember, during Middlesbrough FC’s fixture with Blackburn Rovers, there will be a message on counter terrorism awareness week on the large screen within the ground and information will be supplied in the match programme.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: "It is vital that we make people aware of the part that they can play in protecting themselves and others from the threat of terrorism. Whilst there is no evidence to suggest an immediate threat, nobody is in a better position to detect something that is out of place in their communities than the people living in them. To effectively combat the threat of terrorism police, businesses, government and the public need to work together."

Assistant Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Simon Nickless, said: "The threat to the UK from International Terrorism was recently increased to severe. While there is currently no specific intelligence of an attack on the UK, it is vital we ensure we are in the best possible position to prevent and detect any potential terrorist threats.

"Members of the public and local businesses have a particularly important role to play when it comes to recognising suspicious activity and reporting it to police. Those who work in, or visit, crowded places are often best placed to recognise the early signs that something is wrong.

"We want them to know what to do if they suspect something is out of the ordinary and how to protect themselves and others should the worst happen.

"By working together we can make it harder for terrorists to operate in the UK. Through increased awareness and vigilance we can reduce their opportunities and disrupt their activities to better protect our communities, our businesses and our industry."

If you suspect it, report it. Anyone with concerns about suspicious activity or behaviour is asked to contact the Confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. In the case of an immediate threat, always dial 999.


Posted on Monday 24th November 2014
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