Reporting of information on terrorist activity

‘Don’t rely on others. If you suspect it, report it’.

A national anti-terrorist campaign reminds you to be vigilant and call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 if you suspect something suspicious. A Textphone facility for people who are deaf or who have hearing difficulties is also available on 0800 0324 539.

Although the threat of a terrorist attack remains real, the campaign is not in response to any specific threat.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner John McDowall, senior national coordinator counter-terrorism, said: “Terrorists can be stopped in their tracks if suspicious activity is passed to police. They will not succeed if people report something unusual that they have seen while going about their daily lives.

“We want people to look out for the unusual – some activity or behaviour which strikes them as not quite right and out of place in their normal day-to-day lives – and to take responsibility for reporting it.”

He continued: “This campaign asks all members of the public to trust their instincts and contact the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 with any information that they have. No piece of information is considered too small or insignificant.

“I completely understand and appreciate that some people may have concerns or reservations about contacting the police – possibly they think that their friends or family may find out, or they are worried that their suspicions may prove to have innocent explanations.

“But I can assure them that any information passed to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline is treated in the strictest of confidence. It is thoroughly analysed and researched by experienced officers before, and if, any police action is taken.”

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