Following the horrific attack on the MEN Arena in Manchester on Monday 22nd May, Theresa May has increased the countries terror level to critical from severe, and ordered the deployment of 3,800 military troops around the country in order to protect against the threat.
She said: “It is now concluded on the basis of today’s investigations that the threat level should be increased for the time being from severe to critical.
“This means that their assessment is not only that an attack remains highly likely but that a further attack may be imminent.”
While Theresa May has warned that another attack could potentially be “imminent”, the PM herself has said also that she does not want Britain to “unduly panic”.
But the move to draft more military men and women onto the streets will mark the first time military personnel have been ordered in such a way in Britain since 2003 – and as Britain begins their day today, it’s clear that a change is definitely in the air.
So what can we expect to see on our streets, given the increased terror security level?
Most obviously, an increased security presence will be seen across the countries major cities – London, Edinburgh, Birmingham, and of course, Manchester, amongst others.
Police and the military, including armed offices and sniffer dogs, will all feature more heavily around these main UK locations – as will police vans.
Where will we see most of the armed personnel then? Of course, train stations, airports, and other public transport means are being monitored and checked more thoroughly than ever before.
Armed police have been seen patrolling Manchester Piccadilly station, Aberdeen station, with stations across London seeing a higher police presence too.
Key locations across the UK are also police hotspots over the coming days – including Buckingham Palace, Downing Street, and foreign embassies around the country.
Operation Temperer allows 5,000 troops to be sent out to support the police, will also mean that members of the armed forces will be sent out to public events, including concerts and sport events, and they’ll also be far more visible at big public areas such as shopping centres.
This is already becoming clear, given the armed officers at the
entrance of the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham, and the
increased police presence around the Canary Wharf main area. Armed
police are also set to patrol Hampden Stadium for the Scottish cup final
at the weekend, too.
But it’s likely that the capital is the
place that will be most affected, with more police dotted around the
capital than in most other UK cities.
Westferry Circus, close to the capital’s financial district Canary Wharf, has implemented increased security measures too.
One bystander has said, “Around 3 armed men looking frantic boarded my bus this morning on my way into work and were asking questions about where people were going. There was around 12 of them on the street checking cars and asking people to wind down their windows too.”