Britain says steps up border security after Paris attack

January 8, 2015 14:14


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LONDON - The British government said on Thursday it had increased security at its borders, including at ports and at checkpoints it operates on French soil, in response to the deadly attack on the office of weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

A spokeswoman for Prime Minister David Cameron said the extra security was not based on specific intelligence and that there were no plans to raise the country's threat alert, which is already at its second highest level.

"On a precautionary basis we have tightened up border security," the spokeswoman told reporters. "For example at ports, people going through them would see increased car and truck searches, a bit more scanning of freight and then they will also see an increased visible presence."

She cited increased security at British checkpoints at the French port of Calais and at the Eurostar terminal in Paris as examples, adding that Britain had dispatched a police counter-terrorism expert to France.

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