British public report 10,000 suspected terrorist activities in 2021: police

November 24, 2021

LONDON — Around 10,000 calls were made to counter terrorism police in 2021, one of the capital's top cops said Monday.

Around a fifth of reports from the public provided useful intelligence, which helped counter terrorism investigations, London Metropolitan Police special operations chief Matt Twist said.

Following recent acts of terrorism in Liverpool and Essex, the police has urged Londoners to be vigilant in crowded spaces as the busy festive season begins.

"It has been two years since we've been able to get together and enjoy London in all its festive glory with some degree of 'normality'," Twist said.

"Tragically, we've seen two terrorist attacks in Essex and Merseyside over the past few weeks, and as a result, the terrorism threat level has been raised from 'substantial' to 'severe'."

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced that the city's New Year's Eve celebrations will return this year, after being scrapped in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event is to take place in London's Trafalgar Square, but the fireworks display will not take place this year.

A taxi exploded at a hospital in Liverpool of England on Nov. 14, leaving one dead and another injured, which has been treated as a terrorist incident, according to the Merseyside police.

British police has also charged in October a man with the murder of lawmaker David Amess in a church and the preparation of terrorist acts. — Agencies

November 24, 2021
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