Troops sent to Hartlepool nuclear power station as police step up security over Bank Holiday weekend


Police are stepping up security over the Bank Holiday weekend as Britain remains on a high level of alert following the Manchester attack.

Cleveland Police Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Roberts said increased armed and unarmed patrols would be in place, with extra officers also at public events taking place over the weekend.

He said the force was not requesting armed forces support at this stage - but soldiers had been deployed at Hartlepool's nuclear power station as part of national security procedures.

“Over the Bank Holiday Weekend there will be increased Cleveland Police visibility following the change to the national threat level," he said.

“In order to protect and reassure our communities following the raising of the national threat level to 'critical' we have increased certain armed and unarmed patrols and there is and will continue to be an increased police presence at public events. This means that for the public it can be ‘business as usual’.

“As we have said previously, following careful assessment we are not currently asking for any increased resources, such as military personnel. However, some Civil Nuclear Constabulary police officers at Hartlepool Power Station have been replaced by military personnel. This is simply to enable the armed police there to be freed up for other national deployments and does not indicate a threat."

Chief Constable Roberts said passengers may also see armed officers on trains, which have been deployed by British Transport Police (BTP).

BTP has confirmed that the patrols will take place mostly on routes between major cities to ‘disrupt and deter criminal activity’ but has added that there is no specific intelligence of a threat to train passengers.

The chief constable added: "Nationally, the increase in the threat level may also mean additional security checks at ports, airports and rail stations. This may mean disruption to some journeys. Passengers should plan in advance and allow extra time to travel where possible.

“Community tension and reports of hate crimes in our area remain very low, however there is no complacency and we would urge anyone who feels they have been the victim of a hate crime to report it. It is reassuring that people have already felt they have the confidence to do this over recent days.

“Anyone suffering Hate Crime should report it confident in the knowledge that every effort will be made to bring offenders to justice. Those who don’t want to speak directly to police can use a Hate Crime 3rd Party Reporting Centre.

“Acts of terrorism and hate crimes are committed by a small minority of people and are not representative of the public.

"This is a time for us all to work closely together and unite against those who seek, through violence and extremism, to intimidate or cause fear. We urge everyone to remain vigilant... In the highly unlikely event that you are caught up in an incident, remember to ‘Run, Hide and Tell’.”

:: Members of the public who notice any suspicious activity should contact police or call 0800 789 321. In an emergency dial 999.