The City of Wolverhampton Council is backing a new safety campaign reminding people to help keep events and crowded places safe by remaining alert and vigilant this Christmas.

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The national ACT - Action Counters Terrorism - campaign, launched on Monday, encourages people to be on their guard during the festive period and to report anything suspicious to the authorities.

People can also report anything suspicious confidentially via Type=links;Linkid=8471;Title=ACT;Target=_blank; or by calling 0800 789 321. In an emergency always call 999.

The campaign is being supported regionally by West Midlands Police and the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit. Head of West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit Chief Superintendent Matt Ward said: "Throughout the year, we work with event organisers, partners and commercial organisations across the region to give advice and guidance on safety and security measures.

"Our priority is the safety and security of all those attending events and crowded places and the public are encouraged to continue with their plans to enjoy events. The public can help us keep the events and areas safe by being vigilant for anyone or anything that looks out of place or suspicious and reporting it to a member of staff, security or police."

Councillor Hazel Malcolm, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "While there is no specific threat to an event or venue, the threat level for the UK remains at severe and the terrorist attacks which took place in London and Manchester last year show that attacks can happen at any time or place without warning.

"The message of this campaign is clear - if you've seen or heard something that could suggest a terrorist threat, do not ignore it, report it."

For more information, please visit Type=links;Linkid=8471;Title=ACT;Target=_blank;.

  • released: Friday 23 November, 2018