South West London commuters urged to stay vigilant to terror threat

By SWLondoner staff

Officers patrolled South West London transport hubs this morning warning commuters to be vigilant to the terror threat.

The week-long initiative, part of Operation Griffin, is focusing on reminding the public of the vital role they play in helping to protect the capital.

Leaflets were handed out by officers outside Vauxhall Station explaining the ongoing and serious threat and what can be done to protect London.

“Everyone has a role to play in keeping London safe from terrorism. This operation sees specialist officers working closely with neighbourhood officers and communities raising awareness of security in London,” said Commander Simon Bray, from Specialist Operations.

“We want to build on the success of Project Griffin and continue our engagement with communities and businesses in a variety of ways to counter the threat from terrorism. Our aim is to raise awareness and improve protection from a terrorist attack and other crimes.”

Officers confirmed the operation was routine but fears are increasing about the threat posed by British jihadist fighters returning from the Syrian civil war.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Thomas of British Transport Police (BTP) said: “This week-long initiative is designed to remind and inform the public and businesses about what we are doing to make London and its transport system as safe and secure as possible, and what they can do to help.”

Anyone who has any information about unusual activity or behaviour should contact the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

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