Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Armed Police Aim to Make Visitors Feel Safe

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Armed Police Aim to Make Visitors Feel Safe

Article excerpt

ARMED police have begun patrolling the Christmas markets.

And to bolster security even further, steel and concrete barriers have been placed around stalls for the first time this year.

Undercover plain-clothes officers carrying guns will also mingle with the crowds.

The heightened security comes after the Manchester Arena bomb and the fact that the current threat level to the UK from international terrorism is rated severe.

Supt Chris Hill from GMP said: "People's natural response when they see extra security can sometimes be one of fear or concern, worrying that the extra measures mean that it's more dangerous. I want to assure people that we are strengthening protective security as an extra precaution to keep people as safe as possible, and it should make people feel more comfortable and reassured about attending events like the Christmas Markets. …

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