Terror safety film tells people to ‘run, hide and tell’

Police are appealing for witnesses
Police are appealing for witnesses

A film that provides advice on what to do in the event of a terror attack has been released (Today).

he four minute film aims to keep people safe and comes as the UK terror threat remains at ‘severe’, meaning an attack is highly likely.

Stay Safe: Firearms and Weapons Attack sets out three key steps for keeping safe.

It advises people to ‘run, hide and tell’ - run if you can, if you can’t run then hide and when you can tell the police what is happening.

Also tell others of the threat so they don’t approach the danger.

Speaking on behalf of National Counter Terrorism Policing, deputy assistant commissioner Neil Basu said: “The public should not be alarmed by this step. While the general level of threat to the UK is severe, the probability of being caught up in a firearms or weapons attack is very, very small.

“However, it is important the public know what to do in the event of getting caught up in such an incident.

“Our advice has already been issued to tens of thousands of people during police-led security training sessions but it is only responsible that we issue this public safety guidance more widely.

“We know that from case studies and the testimony of people who have survived attacks that the advice given in the film has saved lives.

“With the threat level remaining at a high level, the police and security service continue to operate at a heightened state of readiness - we are working on hundreds of investigations and making an arrest a day. However, it is only with the ongoing support of communities that we can defeat terrorism – you are our eyes and ears so please be alert, but not alarmed.

“We are asking everyone to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency, 999.”