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Monday 28 January 2013

Cheshire Police joins forces across North West to highlight anti-terror hotline


Cheshire Police and other Police forces across the North West are supporting a regional campaign launched by the North West Counter Terrorism Unit (NW CTU) by urging members of the public to be vigilant in the fight against terrorism.

This campaign is the latest phase of work by the NW CTU to raise public awareness about the threat from terrorism and encourages people working and living in the North West region to report any suspicious or unusual behaviour to the Confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321.

Chief Inspector Dave Blood, from Cheshire Police Counter Terrorism Branch, said: "Recent events across the globe have highlighted the need to remain vigilant. The campaign is not linked to any current threat. However, the threat from international terrorism is very real and has in no way dissipated.

"Members of the public remain key to dealing with the threat of terrorism. Residents across Cheshire have the best knowledge of their communities and are more likely to notice any suspicious behaviour. Therefore, we are asking people to continue to be vigilant and to make a note of the Anti-Terrorist Hotline number so they can report anything they think may be suspicious in their community.

"We are urging people to trust their instincts and pick up the phone, they could provide the crucial piece of information that can prevent terrorism happening in Cheshire."

Individuals involved in terrorist activities can seek to exploit vulnerable people for extremist purposes and we all have a responsibility to stop that from happening. The public can help by identifying those people. If you are concerned that someone you know is acting differently or you notice a change in their behaviour, please contact the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or visit the Cheshire Police website for more information.

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