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UK police in militant attack exercise

Wednesday, December 02, 2015 - 00:56

Police in London react to a simulated militant attack on a shopping centre in an annual exercise to keep firearms officers up to speed. Paul Chapman reports.

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People acting the part of militant attackers move in on a London shopping centre in a simulated assault designed to test the response of British police to the real thing. It's an exercise held annually but this year has greater significance in the wake of the Paris massacre. Assistant Police Commissioner Patricia Gallan says the Paris attacks have already led to changes. (SOUNDBITE)(English) ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER PATRICIA GALLAN SAYING: "Paris means yet again we realise how close the terrorist threat is. We've reviewed out tactics as we do after every single terrorist incident, we've increased the number of armed response vehicles we have on the street and we continue to train our officers to be ready and aware and alert." The exercise is intended to help keep the force of about 2, 000 firearms officers fully trained and ready for all scenarios. It's also meant to help reassure the public the nation's security forces are ready to deal with such attacks on British soil.

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UK police in militant attack exercise

Wednesday, December 02, 2015 - 00:56