York City centre security clamp down as Christmas approaches

City of York Council is working with North Yorkshire Police and partners across York to help keep city centre users safe over the festive season

Our priority is the safety and security of all those attending or involved in events, and residents and visitors are encouraged to continue with plans to attend or take part as normal.

The public may see additional protective security measures at events this year, including the installation of traffic slowing measures.

While traffic to the city centre is already limited at busy times, the addition of chicanes which are being installed this week will help keep pedestrians even safer. The measures will allow delivery vehicles controlled entry at the usual permitted times.

There could also be increased security checks at some events and venues so we advise the public to arrive in plenty of time to allow for this. The current threat level across the UK from international terrorism remains at severe, meaning an attack is highly likely and we reiterate our long-standing advice to remain vigilant and alert.

As ever we would urge residents and visitors to the city centre to get in touch to report anything suspicious by calling the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 or, in an emergency, by calling 999.

In the rare event of getting caught up in a weapons attack we urge you to follow the Run, Hide, Tell advice. Run to a place of safety rather than to surrender or negotiate. If there’s nowhere to go then hide and don’t confront. Finally, and only when it is safe to do so, tell the police by calling 999.

For more information on anti-terrorism activities, please visit: www.npcc.police.uk/staysafe

+6Superintendent Dave Hannan, of North Yorkshire Police’s Operations Command, said: “There are a range of large-scale public events taking place across North Yorkshire in the coming weeks leading up to Christmas.

“Like all forces, we continue to take appropriate steps to protect our communities.

“The public should be reassured that our security measures are under constant review to make sure the people who live, visit and work here are safe and secure.

“We will be using a range of assets, some more visible than others, but the public shouldn’t be alarmed, this is precautionary and we would encourage the public to continue with their plans as normal.

“We advise the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity. In an emergency always call 999.

“If you get caught up in the rare event of a weapons or firearms attack, we urge you to follow our Run Hide Tell advice which can be found by watching this short film: https://youtu.be/QUCW_mk35Xc .”

Cllr Ian Gillies, executive member for transport and planning at City of York Council, said: “Terror attacks in the UK, while very rare, understandably create a lot of concern. Together with our partners in the police, we are prepared to deter any would-be attackers and want to reassure the public that we are alert and ready to help protect them.”

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