London’s security plans have been tightened for the New Year’s Eve celebration in the wake of several terrorist atrocities in recent past on the Continent.
According to Scotland Yard, major operation is being mounted to keep revellers safe to overcome attacks like that seen in Berlin, Nice and Brussels.
Keeping in mind the lorry attacks which were conducted by Islamic State-inspired terrorists for mass casualties, security plans have been adjusted accordingly.
Experts say United Kingdom has been at severe threat from terrorism for past two years or more and attack is very much likely during the holiday period.
It is expected travelers and holidayers in hundreds of thousands to turn up in Trafalgar Square and along the Thames to enjoy the New Year Eve and watch annual firework display of London.
As of now there is no specific intelligence of any attack during the celebration, but security measures had been in places.
Det Supt Phil Langworthy said the department is looking at the attacks that took place in Nice, Berlin and Paris, and have adjusted the plans accordingly to combat any such assault.
He added, “We police around 3,500 large events every year including New Year’s Eve and we meticulously plan those events – we have meticulously planned New Year’s Eve.”
He also urged people to report to police if anything suspicious is seen.
People can report on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline 0800 789 321.
Terror Threat Levels At A Glance:
Low: An attack is unlikely
Moderate: An attack is possible, but not likely
Substantial: An attack is a strong possibility
Severe: An attack is highly likely
Critical: An attack is expected imminently