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Armed police have started patrolling on board Southern and Southeastern trains

PUBLISHED: 09:19 26 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:19 26 May 2017

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It follows the change of threat level to critical

For the first time, specialist firearm officers will be patrolling train services while the country is at a critical threat level from a terrorist attack.

The threat level was raised in the wake of Monday’s Manchester terror attack, and patrols began on services including Southern and Southeastern in Kent, Bexley and Bromley on Thursday afternoon.

Chief constable Paul Crowther from British Transport Police, said: “Since the devastating events in Manchester on Monday evening, our force has radically increased the presence of our officers nationwide.

“By having firearms officers on board trains we’re ensuring that trains remain as safe as possible for passengers. Our patrols will be highly visible and passengers should feel comforted by their presence. Please do speak to them if you have any concerns at all.

“This is part of our national mobilisation plan to deal with the current and ongoing threat. It is important to note that we do not have any specific intelligence in relation to train services but are taking this action to ensure we can protect and reassure the public.”

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