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Bexley police remind public to remain vigilant against terrorism

PUBLISHED: 15:16 15 January 2014 | UPDATED: 15:19 15 January 2014

Police officers from Bexley are taking part in a major London wide operation to increase public awareness of security and counter terrorism policing in the capital.

The initiative, known as Operation Penna, is the second operation of its kind run by the Metropolitan Police and involves reminding the public of the vital role they play in protecting London from terrorism.

Tactics include high visibility patrols around crowded places such as shopping centres and transport hubs and briefings to businesses explaining the ongoing threat from terrorism and what they can do to protect themselves.

Commander Richard Morris, from Specialist Operations, said: “Everyone has a role to play in keeping London safe from terrorism. “This operation sees specialist officers working closely with neighbourhood officers and communities raising awareness of security in London.

“We want to build on our engagement with communities and businesses in a variety of ways to counter the threat from terrorism. Our aim is to raise awareness and improve protection from a terrorist attack and other crimes.

“The threat to London from terrorism remains real and serious so we encourage the public to remain vigilant and alert and to report anything suspicious to police.”

Anyone who has any information about unusual activity or behaviour should contact the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

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