According to reports a security alert was triggered after a threat was made to kidnap and kill a serving West Midlands Police officer.
The force said officers and staff had been given an additional safety reminder after it received anonymous information. Officers were told to avoid showing any of their uniform while travelling to work. Reports of the threat comes after five men were charged in October with plotting to kill police officers or soldiers on the streets of London. West Midlands Police would not confirm the nature of the threat but said the information “continues to be assessed”.
A statement released late last night said, “West Midlands Police continue to patrol the region’s streets while officers have once again been reminded of the need for vigilance as the national security threat remains severe. The force have implemented additional security measures to ensure the safety of all officers and staff after receiving anonymous information yesterday. The information which prompted the additional safety reminder continues to be assessed.”
Assistant Chief Constable Garry Forsyth said, “There is nothing at this time to suggest there is an increased risk to members of the public. We have taken the opportunity to remind all employees of the need to be vigilant. Our priority remains serving our communities and protecting them from harm. Officers remain on patrol and our staff continue to respond to calls for service as usual.”
Police stressed that officers had to stay past their shifts for the late-night security talk, or were spoken to before they started work, but were not taken off the streets.
Mr Forsyth confirmed to Sky News that the threat was credible.