Threat level ‘critical’: Armed police patrol streets in Lincoln city centre

Armed police officers are patrolling the streets in Lincoln city centre after the UK terrorism threat level was raised from severe to critical, meaning a further attack could be imminent.

As thousands were enjoying the sunny weather and a stroll on the High Street or Brayford Pool, pairs of armed police officers were sent to patrol in the city centre on Wednesday, after the prime minister has drafted in the army to protect landmarks and public places across the country.

This follows the Manchester terrorist suicide bombing on Monday night.

While the army is on stand-by, armed police officers have been patrolling Lincoln High Street and the Brayford Pool area.

Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Bill Skelly said earlier today: “People in Lincolnshire can expect to see more officers on the streets, more routine checks and patrols will be taking place and, quite simply, you can expect that those officers will be around for you to approach if you have any concerns or if you need any information.

“Some of those officers will be armed. If you’ve ever been to a big event in the county or anything large scale and pre-planned, then you’ll be used to seeing officers carrying firearms; this is a necessary response to the events of the last few days.

At the moment you won’t see soldiers on our streets. Military capability is there if we need it and, if we do, will be in accordance with a well-considered plan.

“I understand people will be anxious and concerned and I want to reassure everyone that we are well prepared. There are a number of events planned across the county coming up which people might be worried about. We are working with organisers to ensure those events are as safe and secure as possible and we hope that you are still able to go and enjoy them.”