‘Hampshire not at risk of terror attack’ insist Hampshire Police chief inspector

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AUTHORITIES have sought to reassure residents in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Portsmouth City Council and Hampshire Constabulary are eager to ensure people remain calm and say there is no intelligence to indicate the county is at risk of terror.

There is no current intelligence to indicate an immediate or specific risk to Hampshire or the Isle of Wight but we understand that people may still be worried.

Hampshire chief inspector Chris White

Cllr Donna Jones, council leader, said: ‘As the leaders of our local Muslim communities have said, such attacks are as abhorrent as they are sickening and contradict the teachings of Islam.’

Hampshire chief inspector Chris White said: ‘Officers from Hampshire Constabulary work closely with community and faith leaders to provide reassuring and responsive policing and we have stepped up these efforts since the attacks in Paris.

‘We are engaging with communities who may be feeling vulnerable after the terrorist attacks in France and we have increased patrols around places of worship to provide visible reassurance to anyone who may be worried.’

‘There is no current intelligence to indicate an immediate or specific risk to Hampshire or the Isle of Wight but we understand that people may still be worried.

‘We would ask people to exercise the usual level of vigilance and to report any suspected terrorist activity or information to the UK’s free, confidential Anti-Terrorism Hotline on 0800 789 321.’