Calls to be on the lookout for terrorism

Assistant Chief Constable Ian Wiggett with previously 'confiscated firearms
Assistant Chief Constable Ian Wiggett with previously 'confiscated firearms

The increased level of threat from terrorism has led to police in Lancashire joining calls for members of the public to be vigilant.

Lancashire Police will be speaking to businesses to improve security and help prevent a terrorist attack

The work is part of a week-long campaign – Counter Terrorism Awareness Week – involving all forces in the North West, which aims to highlight the work that goes into keeping the region safe.

Assistant Chief Constable Ian Wiggett, the North West lead for counter terrorism said: “Following the increase of the international terrorism threat to severe, there is a heightened need to ensure that the North West is in the best position to deter and detect potential terrorist threats.

“It is important to protect vulnerable people by responding to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it.

“This is not about scaring people, but highlighting that everybody, from law enforcement to businesses, to the general public, has a role to play in keeping the UK safe from terrorism.”

During the week, businesses will be briefed on counter-terrorism measures under Operation Griffin to better equip them to deal with security challenges – both day to day and in the case of a major incident.

Work will also focus on calls for vigilance in crowded places, preventing violent extremism and disrupting terrorist operations.