Westminster Terror Attack Update

Headline Date 24-03-2017

All road cordons in central London have now been lifted in relation to Wednesday’s incident.

Traffic is now allowed along Whitehall, Westminster Bridge and surrounding roads, including the portion of Victoria Street which has been closed since Wednesday.  Westminster Underground Station has reopened too.

The Met Police investigation continues – this is a large and extremely fast paced investigation, however, there is still no evidence of further threats. The UK threat level has been ‘SEVERE’ for some time and this level will not change. The Police urge the public to remain alert but not alarmed. The Met and their partners are doing everything they can to help protect people, public institutions, critical national infrastructure, businesses and crowded places.

The Met advise the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the Anti-Terrorism Hotline on 0800 789 321 or call 999.

Currently the Police are focused on looking at whether the terrorist worked alone or not and there have been further arrests overnight. So far they have had contact with around 3500 witnesses, received hundreds of uploads of video images from Wednesday’s tragic events.

Speaking this morning, Met Police Deputy Acting Commissioner Mark Rowley issued a new appeal to the public. The Met are keen to hear from anyone who knew the attacker, Khalid Masood, well.  They are urging people who knew him and may have had concerns to call the Terrorist Hotline number: 0800 789 321

Mr Rowley also provided an update on current security arrangements. With regards to security at Parliament, the current arrangements have been developed over a number of years to balance security with access. In light of Wednesday’s attack the Police are working with the authorities to consider whether a different approach to security is necessary.

Looking at security across the capital, to provide reassurance to members of the public, the raised armed presence on the streets of London will continue. The number of armed officers in London remains at nearly double strength.  Mr Rowley was keen to reiterate the statement that London and UK are open for business.

“We are grateful for the continued support of the public and the strong calm response that has been shown, and I know that we will continue to stand together”.

This tragic incident serves as a reminder of how important it is for businesses to be prepared and if necessary to have business continuity plans in place.  The BID advises that you should ensure that first aid points are fully stocked and the location of key equipment is made clear to all staff. We also recommend that staff are directed to the Run, Hide, Tell video on YouTube.

NaCTSO has refreshed its latest guidance on recognising the terrorist threat and we would recommend you access this here.

Through our Safe & Secure programme, the BID works extensively with the local authority, the police and expert partners to advise local businesses on how to plan, prepare, prevent and protect against all forms of terrorism. We regularly host seminars and briefings on a range of topics, including preparing business continuity plans, and details of the next events will be announced shortly. Visit our website for more information.

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