North Wales Police have deployed armed police officers have been deployed to Holyhead Port as part of its response to the increased terror threat level.
North Wales Police Assistant Chief Constable Richard Debicki said:
Following yesterday’s raising of the national threat level to ‘critical’ we have implemented part of our planned & rehearsed response which has involved the deployment of armed North Wales Police personnel to Holyhead Port.
This action forms part of our increased visible and armed presence at key locations, Holyhead Port being a major transport and communication link into the UK via north Wales.
Armed personnel will overtly patrol Holyhead Port to provide reassurance to the ‘travelling public’ as well as deter and disrupt any potential terrorist activity.
Armed officers already deploy at the port, but we are increasing our levels of dedicated resource in response to the move to ‘critical’. Increased patrols and visits, including armed officers, are also taking place throughout the region.”
“We are continuing to work with our Policing and Counter Terrorism partners throughout the UK in both investigating the Manchester attack and gathering intelligence to prevent further attacks and keep all our communities safe.
We are also working closely and regularly with our emergency service, Local Authority partners and indeed local communities and all with the same goal, to keep you, to keep all of us, safe.”
“In the meantime our advice remains the same, please stay alert but not alarmed and report any suspicious incidents immediately. The police stand together with all communities in the UK.
This is a time for us all to unite against those who seek, through violence and extremism, to intimidate or cause fear.”
To effectively combat terrorism the police, businesses, government and all communities need to work together. The events of this week reinforce the need for us all to remain vigilant.
We urge the public to be alert, but not alarmed and to report anything suspicious to the confidential anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. In an emergency always call 999.”