Armed Police on Patrol in Portsmouth Shopping Centre

Armed officers seen at Gunwharf shopping centre this morning.

Hampshire Constabulary has put armed and unarmed patrols at “key locations” following the raising of the national terrorist threat to critical.

In a statement, the force did not mention specific locations but said it was focused on “crowded places, including transport hubs and shopping centres.”

The “critical level” means that an attack remains highly likely but the authorities believe a further attack may be

At this time we need everyone to remain alert but not alarmed. We need your help to help us protect our communities and disrupt those who seek to harm us. I would urge you to contact the police straight away if you believe that someone is acting suspiciously. Our officers and staff will continue to provide a visible presence in our communities and we have the specialist resources in place to respond in an emergency.”
Ch Supt Lucy Hutson
Hampshire Constabulary