Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Companies Pay Millions for More Gun Police to Counter Threat of IS Terror Attacks in City; EXCLUSIVE

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Companies Pay Millions for More Gun Police to Counter Threat of IS Terror Attacks in City; EXCLUSIVE

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Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor

CITY firms are to pay for more armed police in the Square Mile amid growing fears of a Paris-style terror attack in Britain.

An extra PS1.6 million a year will be raised for anti-terror measures to protect the capital's financial centre.

The money will go towards: Increasing the number of armed officers in the Square Mile by about a quarter to prevent and respond to a marauding terror strike.

Counter-terrorism security advisers to brief businesses, community groups and other organisations on protective security, contingency plans and responses to attacks, hostile reconnaissance, searches, evacuation and suspect packages, post room security, |telephone bomb threats, staff screening and cyber security.

Further developing Project Servator -- where uniformed police go into an area and undercover officers and CCTV operators seek to spot unusual behaviour by individuals which marks them out as carrying out hostile reconnaissance of buildings.

Just days ago, Britain's top anti-terror officer warned that the UK, and other countries, face the threat of an "enor-mous and spectacular" terror attack as Islamic State seeks to wage war on western lifestyles.

Mark Rowley, assistant commissioner at Scotland Yard, said extremists had shifted their focus from being narrowly on "police and military as symbols of the state" to "something much broader". A peer, transport expert Lord Bradshaw, also warned in Parliament this week of the threat of a bombladen drone being flown into the Palace of Westminster in coming years.

IS is believed to be plotting to send recruits with a "paramilitary mindset" into Europe after teaching them how to handle automatic weapons in Syria. So where previously fanatics had been encouraged to carry out lone-wolf attacks, IS is now also trying to cause carnage on a larger scale in western capitals, as happened in Paris when 130 people were killed in November. …

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