UPDATE: National security state raised - West Midlands Police response
Last night the national security state was raised to critical.
This means that not only does an attack remain highly likely but a
further attack may be imminent.
The prime minister also authorised support from the military
alongside the police, known as Operation Temperer.
However at this stage there are no plans to deploy military
officers in the West Midlands; therefore the public are unlikely to
see military personnel on the streets.
Support from the military will instead free up armed officers
from certain guarding duties to release officers across the UK to
support the wider national response.
As soon as the prime minister made her announcement, we
implemented our locally tailored plan, including keeping officers
Assistant Chief Constable Alex Murray, said: "We are flexing our
resources and increasing our presence at key sites, such as
transport and other crowded places and we continue to review key
events and entertainment venues.
"At the moment, there is no plan for military personnel to be
deployed in the West Midlands; however the public will notice an
increase in the number of armed and unarmed officers.
"While this is a precautionary measure, these highly visible
patrols will continue for as long as is needed.
"You would expect us to do everything possible to prevent
further attacks and keep you safe."
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson,
said: "I am working with the Chief Constable to ensure that the
additional armed resources are integrated into our capabilities to
offer increased assurance and protection and protection to the
"People should continue to carry on with their lives as normal
and not let those who seek to divide us to win. I ask people to
continue to be vigilant and report suspicious activities to the
"West Midlands Police have shown their dedication and commitment
in recent days and I'm sure they will continue to do so."
Please remain calm but alert. If you see anything that causes
you concern, then let us know immediately, if you have suspicions
about someone's behaviour call us.
Look out for anything that seems out of place, unusual or
doesn't seem to fit in with day-to-day life.