Manchester is increasing security levels following the terrorist attack which occurred in Westminster.
Manchester’s security levels will increase, improving the safety and security of members of the city. Greater Manchester Police (GMP) does not have any “specific intelligence” of any imminent threat to the city. However, improved security levels are essential as Manchester is one of the UK’s major cities.
The Westminster terrorist attack occurred on 22 March 2017 at 2.40pm. A Hyundai SUV was travelling across Westminster Bridge when it sped along the pavement, mowing down pedestrians. The attacker drove down the pavement for hundreds of yards.
Some pedestrians were crushed under the wheels of the car. One victim was knocked over the bridge, landing into the River Thames. Two of the injured pedestrians died at the scene whilst a third victim died from injuries in hospital.
Police have reported that a total of 50 people have been injured. The attacker crashed into the gates of the parliament before attempting to enter the building armed with two knives.
He ran through the parliament gates into the New Palace Yard. He stabbed 48-year-old unarmed police officer, PC Keith Palmer, before he was shot by police.
The attacker has now been identified as 52-year-old Khalid Masood – formerly known as Adrian Russell Ajao. Masood was born in Kent and is believed to be from the West Midlands area.
The attack caused the area to be placed on lockdown for a few hours. Members of parliament were forced to remain within the House of Commons from over four hours.
The date and time of the attack also marks the anniversary of the Brussels airport terrorist attack.
GMP’s Ian Hopkins said, “Our sympathies go out to all those affected by the serious events in London”. Communities are encouraged to come together and support each other.
GMP asks members of the local community to report anything that is concerning or suspicious.
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