TIM DREW: Trust your instincts and report your suspicions
The recent tragic event in Paris is a reminder that terrorism remains a present threat, and that the price of peace is eternal vigilance.
Neighbourhood Watch is the largest crime prevention network in the UK and is working with counter terrorism policing, a collaboration of UK police forces working with partners to protect the public from terrorism, to promote the Action Counters Terrorism campaign.
It is more important than ever that everyone plays their part in tackling terrorism. Any piece of information could be important, so trust your instincts and do not hesitate to report your suspicions.
Do not hold back over worries about wasting police time. The police play the key role in protecting us, but communities are vital in defeating terrorism and officers need help and support from you and your community.
You can report your suspicions to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or call the confidential Anti-Terrorism Hotline on 0800 789 321 which is monitored 24 hours a day.
Always remember if it’s an emergency and you suspect that danger is imminent, call 999.
If you have come across a website or online content, including emails, forums or social media, that you feel is of a violent, extremist or terrorist nature, please report it as above.
Specialist officers will assess your information and, where appropriate, investigate the website and work with partners to remove it.
• The police will be hosting a street briefing outside the Verandah Cafe Bar, 322 Goring Road, on Saturday between 10am and midday, so this is a good chance to come down and express your concerns with your local policing team. A councillor for Marine Ward will be in attendance as well, and we look forward to seeing you there.
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