Mobile phone alerts could be used to inform Londoners of a terrorist attack

PUBLISHED: 10:51 28 October 2016 | UPDATED: 10:52 28 October 2016

A new report praises UK counter-terrorism policing

A new report praises UK counter-terrorism policing


Lord Harris’ review into the capital’s preparedness for a terrorist incident has been published today

Messages sent directly to Londoners’ mobile phones could be used to alert residents to a terrorist attack, according to a new report.

The recommendation is made in Lord Harris’ report into the capital’s preparedness for a terrorist incident, which praises the work done by counter terrorism policing and intelligence services as “amongst the best in the world”.

Other recommendations include the use of temporary barriers by police to protect against a Nice-style attack in London, and for CCTV to be installed on all underground and mainline trains.

However, Lord Harris did not propose boosting the number of armed officers beyond the current planned increase of 600.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan appointed Lord Harris to undertake the strategic review in his first few weeks in office following the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, which were followed by an attack in Nice that killed 86 people.

Lord Harris said: “The quality and effectiveness of the work done by the intelligence services and the counter-terrorist police is amongst the best in the world, and if London were subject to a terrorist attack today, our emergency services response would be substantially faster than five years ago.

“Nevertheless, a serious terrorist attack remains highly possible and we cannot be complacent.

“London needs to become a city where security and resilience is designed in and is part of the city’s fabric, and where everyone who lives and works here sees security and resilience as their responsibility just as much as it is for the emergency services and civic authorities.”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan added: “I am extremely grateful to Lord Toby Harris who has produced a significant, in-depth piece of work. His findings and events in the last week remind us what a fantastic job our police officers and emergency services do every day to keep us safe.

“But there is more that can be done by a wide range of organisations, and Lord Harris’s many recommendations deserve careful consideration and exploration over the coming months so we can take steps to ensure we are as prepared as possible.”

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