Counter Terrorism In Eastern England #GunsOffOurStreets


Police across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk are reminding the public of some simple steps to take in the unlikely event of a marauding gun attack.

It's National Counter Terrorism Awareness Week and  the follows anniversary of the Paris attacks by gunmen and suicide bombers who left 130 people dead and hundreds wounded on 13 November 2015.

Det Supt Glen Channer, of the Eastern Region Counter Terrorism Intelligence Unit, is urging people to view a video, called  Run, Hide, Tell, that gives advice on what to do if confronted by terrorists.



The video explains that it is important to run to a place of safety, which is a better option than to surrender or negotiate. If there is nowhere to run then hide, since is better to hide than confront. Turn your phone to silent and turn off vibrate. Barricade yourself in if you can. Only when it is safe tell someone, by calling police on 999.

Det Supt Channer said: “We would reassure the public that we are doing all we can to thwart terrorism and the chances of ever being caught up in an attack are very small.

“However, the public can help themselves, and us, by knowing what to do in the unlikely event of an attack and Run, Hide, Tell is an easy message to remember when suddenly confronted by danger.”

The call comes as the Eastern Region Counter Terrorism Unit supports #GunsOffOurStreets, which is a campaign that urges residents to report suspicions about guns and ammunition.

A social media campaign includes posts such as “Illegal Guns only help terrorists and gangs. Tell us what you know, not your name” and “You knew he had a gun when you were mates. How does that make you feel now you have fallen out?”




Det Supt Channer said: “Our message to residents is have the courage to contact us. We will treat your information in confidence and you can be sure we will act on it.”

 Anyone with information about guns can contact police, in confidence, on 101, or anonymously by ringing Crimestoppers
on 0800 555 111.

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