London’s Trafalgar Square evacuated as armed police move in
It was the third act of terrorism in the UK in four months, following March’s Westminster atrocity and last month’s suicide bombing in Manchester.
The official UK threat level stands at severe, the second highest rating, which indicates an attack is seen as “highly likely”.
Security has been tightened around polling stations today, amid fears they could become terror targets as voters cast their ballot in today’s General Election.
Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins said: “There’s nervousness about the potential to disrupt the democratic process but while we are still operating at UK severe, there’s no intelligence that any election event, location or venue is going to be the target of any sort of action or terrorist activity.
“We will be maintaining a visible presence at certain locations and we will be maintaining a static presence at all the counting venues.”