New Head Of Counter Terrorism Unit Calls For Public Vigilance In Fight Against Terrorism
Merseyside Police is backing calls from the new head of the
North West Counter Terrorism Unit (NW CTU) in urging communities
across the North West of England to support the police in the fight
In a week-long campaign, the NW CTU will encourage people
working and living in the North West region to be vigilant and
report any suspicious or unusual behaviour to the Confidential
Anti-Terrorist Hotline on0800 789 321.
Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Mole, Head of the NW CTU,
said: "Recent events in Algeria and Mali have shown that the threat
from international terrorism is very real and has in no way
"Indeed, a number of my own officers are currently supporting
national colleagues following these tragic events in North Africa.
We have seen in the past how global events impact on local
communities and it is critical that we all do our utmost to combat
the threat from terrorism both at home and abroad."
Police say that public vigilance is vital in the fight against
terrorism, and as people know their communities they will know when
something seems out of the ordinary.
If members of the public see something that is unusual or out of
place, they need to call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline. Officers are
urging people to trust their instincts and pick up the phone, as
they could be providing the crucial piece of information that is
Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Mole added: "There are
individuals within our communities who seek to exploit vulnerable
people for extremist purposes and we all have a responsibility to
stop that from happening. We need the help of the public in
identifying those people, so if you are concerned about an extreme
and unexplained change in someone's behaviour, please contact the
Anti-Terrorist Hotline in confidence.
Detective Superintendent Martin Andrew, from Merseyside Police's
Force Intelligence Bureau, said: "We have tried and tested working
joint practices in place that not only seek to detect and prosecute
those involved in terrorist activity, but that also protect
individuals who may be vulnerable to exploitation by
"In the recent past we have seen a number of instances here in
the North West of individuals researching or planning acts of
terrorism in the safety of their own home. All forces in the North
West want to put a stop to that and we need the public of
Merseyside's help in identifying those individuals in the
The best way for people to help the police is by storing the
Anti-Terrorist Hotline number in their mobile phone or diary, and
any calls will be treated in confidence.
This campaign is the latest phase of work by the NW CTU to raise
public awareness about the threat from terrorism. It is not linked
to any current threat.