Threat Made To Kidnap And Kill Police Officer

A threat was made to kidnap and kill a police officer in Birmingham on Monday night, say Sky sources.

West Midlands Police said officers and staff had been given an “additional safety reminder” after information was passed on anonymously.

The force has declined to comment on the specific nature of the threat.

Officers were called back to base between 10pm and midnight and given advice on travelling to and from work in partial uniform, as well as security at police stations.

The threat level to police across Britain was raised to substantial in October, meaning an attack is a strong possibility.

Assistant Chief Constable Garry Forsyth said the steps had been prompted by “information relating to the safety of West Midlands Police officers and police staff”.

“There is nothing at this time to suggest there is an increased risk to members of the public,” he said.

“We have taken the opportunity to remind all employees of the need to be vigilant.

“Our priority remains serving our communities and protecting them from harm.

“Officers remain on patrol and our staff continue to respond to calls for service as usual.”

The force said it had still responded to 999 calls during the recall and that officers had been held on duty while they were given the security briefing, or advised as they started their shifts.

Information that led to the alert is still being assessed, said police, but sources told Sky the threat was “credible”.

“We have spoken to police officers from the area who confirmed two facts,” said Sky’s Sean Dilley.

“The fact that officers have been called back to return to base, and also that they’ve been asked to watch out for each other when they are actually out on patrol.”

The alert comes after four men were charged with terror offences in October, including allegations they carried out “hostile reconnaissance” of Shepherd’s Bush police station in London.

They allegedly viewed and kept an image sent via Instagram of two Metropolitan Police officers and two Metropolitan Police community support officers.

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9 December 2014 | 10:23 am – Source: orange.co.uk

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