Armed officers to remain on Somerset streets over bank holiday weekend but terror threat now 'severe' not 'critical'
PUBLISHED: 08:45 28 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:33 28 May 2017
Armed officers and military personnel are set to remain on the streets across Avon and Somerset until at least Tuesday, but the country's terror threat has now been lowered from 'critical' to 'severe'.
This comes after 22 people were killed and 120 injured after an attack at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena last Monday.
While the police force has confirmed there is no specific threat to the South West, nationally the drop in terror threat means while an attack is no longer believed to be ‘imminent’, it could still be ‘highly likely’.
A statement from Avon and Somerset police says: “We constantly review our security measures and activities to reflect where the threats exist and there is still no specific threat to the South West.
“However, as a precautionary measure and as plans are already in place, members of the public will continue to see the high level of policing, including armed officers, on our communities’ streets throughout the bank holiday weekend.
“From Tuesday military personal are no longer being called upon to assist police forces in protecting key locations.
“In Avon and Somerset armed officers will still be available to respond to an incident at any given moment but after the bank holiday weekend will no longer be seen out and about as they have been in recent days.
“Our priority is to protect the public and provide them with as much reassurance as they need.
“We felt the decision to deploy firearms officers on our streets was proportionate in the circumstances and was what people would expect.
“The public can still expect to see our neighbourhood officers patrolling the streets and as always, we encourage people to approach them and ask them any questions they might have.”
Tonight (Sunday), there will be a vigil held in Weston to remember all the victims who lost their lives in the terror attack just under a week ago.
The plan is to meet at Marine Lake and you can read more about the event here.