Report: Police increase presence in London

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January 7, 2011 03:14

 
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LONDON — More police officers were being deployed at transport hubs in London amid continuing fears of a terrorist attack, British media reported.

Sky News reported Thursday that transport police were told to cancel days off Friday, and that there would be a heavy police presence across the capital — including near Luton and Heathrow airports.

The report quoted unnamed sources as saying that members of the emergency services had recently been briefed about how to respond to a Mumbai-style attack on London.

Scotland Yard declined comment on the report, saying they never discuss the specifics of terrorism-related operations. The Home Office said the country faced a real and serious threat from terrorism, but declined to go into details.

The government said the threat level from international terrorism remains at "severe" — the second-highest level, meaning an attack is highly likely. The level has not changed since Jan. 2010.

"We will police accordingly and use a range of covert and overt tactics which remain under constant review," police said a statement.

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