This month’s Corps Relay Intelligence Update includes:

The impacts of increased easing of Coronavirus restrictions

  • Crime rates
  • Lone working
  • Review of key worker fatalities
  • Extinction Rebellion

Security In The ‘New Normal’

  • Free assessment of your security operations

Current National Threat Level

  • UK
  • Northern Ireland

Recent Terrorism Developments

  • Berlin
  • Charlie Hebdo/Je suis Charlie

Demonstrations

  • Black lives Matter update
  • March for NHS pay justice
  • Extinction Rebellion

Security Issue Of The Month

  • Travel/transport

 

>> Download Corps Relay Intelligence Update September 2020 PDF

Corps Relay Intelligence Update August 2020

This month’s Corps Relay Intelligence Update includes:

Covid-19

  • Premises: changes of use and evolving threat landscape
  • Wearing of face masks/coverings
  • Recommendations for lip readers

Current National Threat Level

  • Counter terrorism

Demonstrations

  • Leeds, insecurity of housing
  • Multiple locations, march for NHS pay justice
  • Tottenham, no justice, no peace
  • London, Black Lives Matter

Security Issue of the Month

  • Online fraud and cybercrime

>> Download Corps Relay Intelligence Update August 2020 PDF

UK venues may be facing legal obligations to provide protection from terrorism

UK venues may be facing legal obligations to provide protection from terrorism

The owners and operators of businesses and public spaces such as concert halls, shopping centres, and parks will be legally bound to protect such venues from terrorism under a new statutory duty proposed by the government.

The so-called “protect duty” reflects proposals put forward by the family of Martyn Hett, who was killed in the Manchester Arena bombing attack in 2017.

Home Office officials are reportedly launching a consultation on legally forcing organisations to increase physical security at venues and train staff to respond to terrorist attacks, as well as putting in place incident response plans – and how failure to comply would be enforced.

Security Minister, James Brokenshire, is quoted as saying that the government’s first priority is keeping the public safe and preventing more families from suffering the heartbreak of losing a loved one. The Minister stated that the devastating attacks in 2017, and more recently at Fishmongers’ Hall and Streatham, are stark reminders of the current threats, and alluded to the importance of venues and public spaces having effective and proportionate protective security and preparedness measures to keep people safe.

The Minister went on to stress that the new law must be proportionate. The public consultation will ensure that the laws that are put in place will help protect the public while not putting undue pressure on businesses.

It is understood the Home Office does not expect small businesses and smaller venues to be subject to the plan, rather it would focus on larger spaces.

The public consultation will launch in spring and will seek views from a range of organisations including businesses, public authorities, the security industry and campaign groups. The Home Office will seek views on the proportionality and scope of the duty, and how it should be enforced.

There are currently no specific proposals on how operators of venues and businesses would be penalised if they failed to comply.

HMG’s terror alert status for the UK is detailed below:

Everyone should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and violent political activists and report any suspicious activity to the Police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline on: 0800 789 321

REPORT IT!

You may end up saving a life or lives… and there is nothing more rewarding than that…

The following telephone numbers may be useful:

Corps Security Central Support: 0141 378 7000
Specific advice on Counter-Terrorism matters: 020 7566 0516

Editor: Mike Bluestone MA CSyP FSyI

Qasem Soleimani killed in a drone strike on Baghdad International Airport

Commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, killed in a drone strike on Baghdad International Airport earlier today – the potential implications…

Iran’s most powerful military commander, General Qasem Soleimani, has been killed by a US air strike in Iraq. Gen Soleimani spearheaded Iranian military operations in the Middle East as head of Iran’s elite Quds Force.

He was killed at Baghdad airport, alongside local Iran-backed militias, early on Friday in a strike ordered by US President Donald Trump.

Gen Soleimani’s killing will inevitably lead to a major escalation in tensions between Washington and Tehran, and potentially with Israel which, alongside the USA, is deemed to be Iran’s greatest enemy.

Under his leadership, Iran had bolstered Hezbollah in Lebanon and other pro-Iranian militant groups, expanded Iran’s military presence in Iraq and Syria and orchestrated Syria’s offensive against rebel groups in the country’s long civil war.

The Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has stated clearly that severe revenge awaits those behind the killing.

Gen Soleimani was widely seen as the second most powerful figure in Iran behind the Ayatollah Khamenei. His Quds Force, an elite unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, reported directly to the Ayatollah and he was hailed as a heroic national figure.

But the US has called the commander and the Quds Force terrorists and holds them responsible for the deaths of hundreds of US personnel.

What fall out/repercussions can we expect from this event?

An event of this kind will inevitably have major repercussions. For the Iranian regime, Gen Soleimani’s killing is equivalent to the USA having its CIA chief being killed. We cannot underestimate the potential repercussions. These could include the following:

  • Major increase in tensions across the Middle East, and the Gulf
  • Military activities by Iranian proxies in Southern Lebanon, Iraq and Syria
  • ‘Revenge’ attacks against the US Military, US global assets, Israel, American corporate/civilian organisations, as well as Jewish institutions
  • Economic fallout with increased oil prices, and potential fuel shortages
  • Increased threats and possibly physical attacks against US, British and other Western shipping in the Gulf
  • It is already being reported that Israel has placed its forces in Northern Israel on alert for possible incursions by Hezbollah from Southern Lebanon

So, what steps can we take now in our respective businesses and organisations?

Firstly, organisations and businesses which may be US or Israeli owned, or which have Jewish owners or investors will be at higher risk. That is because the Iranian regime perceives the USA and Israel as being inextricably linked both militarily, and politically.

The Iranian regime is also the main sponsor of Hezbollah in Lebanon. Hezbollah being the fiercest enemy of Israel, and an organisation which has been accused in the past of being responsible for terror attacks against Jewish (not just Israeli) targets.

It is no exaggeration to say that anything can happen now in terms of revenge attacks or other fall-out. The repercussions may be immediate or mid to long term, but it is hard to envisage that revenge actions will not occur at all.

We must repeat therefore the messages from previous Corps Relay Briefings as follows:

  • Are you satisfied with your existing access control physical measures?
  • Have you assessed whether Hostile Vehicle Mitigation measures are required?
  • Is entry to your premises or estates adequately controlled?
  • Can you deploy security personnel to perimeter areas which enable them to safely look out for vehicles being driven at excessive speed?
  • Are reporting mechanism fast enough to enable prompt activation of lockdowns in the event of a suspect IED being found, or a speeding vehicle being detected?
  • Who has operational control of Security?
  • Are your personnel trained to understand and identify hostile reconnaissance?
  • What contingency plans exist to address situations where someone or something worrying or suspicious is discovered?
  • Do you have updated evacuation and ‘invacuation’ contingency plans?
  • Have you appropriate full and partial lockdown procedures in place?
  • Have you made all colleagues aware of the ‘Run, Hide and Tell guidance?
  • Are reporting procedures adequate in terms of escalation of concerns, and police support?

‘Top Tips’:

  • Restrict both pedestrian and vehicular access to authorised persons and vehicles only
  • Maintain a good flow of intelligence and information, including close liaison with local Police and Counter-Terrorism advisors
  • Have the right calibre of trained people in place, including well trained Security teams
  • Carry out regular tests (including Penetration Tests) and drills of all security and safety systems
  • Implement both internal and external security audits
  • Ensure that Contingency and Emergency plans are in place and are easily accessible for all relevant personnel
  • Always ensure that Security teams are alert to suspicious behaviour and activity in or around your subject premises or environment!

REMEMBER! It is vital that Access Control and anti-tailgating measures are as robust as possible, and that unauthorised persons are not allowed to gain access to your premises!

It is also vital that measures are in place to alert the police via 999 calls (not 101) or panic alarms in real time.

HMG’s terror alert status for the UK is detailed below:

The threat to the UK (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) from terrorism has been lowered from SEVERE to SUBSTANTIAL
The threat to Northern Ireland from Northern Ireland-related terrorism is SEVERE

NOTE:
Threat levels are designed to give a broad indication of the likelihood of a terrorist attack

  • LOW means an attack is highly unlikely
  • MODERATE means an attack is possible, but not likely
  • SUBSTANTIAL means an attack is likely
  • SEVERE means an attack is highly likely
  • CRITICAL means an attack is highly likely in the near future

Everyone should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and violent political activists and report any suspicious activity to the Police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline on: 0800 789 321

REPORT IT!

You may end up saving a life or lives… and there is nothing more rewarding than that…

The following telephone numbers may be useful:

Corps Security Central Support: 0141 378 7000

Specific advice on Counter-Terrorism matters: 020 7566 0516

Editor: Mike Bluestone MA CSyP FSyI

Terror attack on London Bridge

Terror attack on London Bridge – a summary of events and implications….

The terror attack in Central London earlier today, may have caused many readers of Corps Relay to wonder how this could have occurred in the light of the recent decision by MI5/JTAC to lower the Terror Threat level from SEVERE to SUBSTANTIAL (see the table below).

There is no easy answer, although it may well be that today’s attack was perpetrated by a lone actor, who was outside the direct sphere of influence of an organised terror group. It is also frequently argued that ‘lone actors’ as such are nevertheless influenced by a range of factors, including social media and remote networking forums of varying kinds.

Either way, today’s events highlight the fact that the Terror Threat Levels are not infallible, and that all of us must strive to maintain constant high levels of vigilance, and security awareness, irrespective of the business sectors or locations in which we operate.

So, what do we know about today’s events?

The following is a summary based on available facts known thus far:

Two members of the public have died and a number of others were stabbed in an attack on London Bridge which is now confirmed as being terror-related.

The suspect was shot dead at the scene, but only after being confronted by members of the public who acted courageously to physically attack the male attacker, whose identity is as yet unknown.

According to the Met Police, officers were called to a stabbing at a premises near the bridge in central London just before 14:00. Two members of the public are dead while three others were injured and taken to two London hospitals.

Videos on social media show people wrestling a man to the floor who then disperse before he is shot by an armed police officer, reportedly from the City of London Police (this would be logical, as it is the City of London Police which has jurisdiction on the northern side of London Bridge).

Significantly, the incident triggered the attendance of armed response teams from three constabularies, namely the City of London Police, the Met Police and British Transport Police (the latter being alerted due to the collateral threat to nearby Rail and Tube transport hubs).

So, what steps can we take now in our respective businesses and organisations?

  • Are you satisfied with your existing access control physical measures?
  • Have you assessed whether Hostile Vehicle Mitigation measures are required?
  • Is entry to your premises or estates adequately controlled?
  • Can you deploy security personnel to perimeter areas which enable them to safely look out for vehicles being driven at excessive speed?
  • Are reporting mechanism fast enough to enable prompt activation of lockdowns in the event of a suspect IED being found, or a speeding vehicle being detected?
  • Who has operational control of Security?
  • Are your personnel trained to understand and identify hostile reconnaissance?
  • What contingency plans exist to address situations where someone or something worrying or suspicious is discovered?
  • Do you have updated evacuation and ‘invacuation’ contingency plans?
  • Have you appropriate full and partial lockdown procedures in place?
  • Have you made all colleagues aware of the ‘Run, Hide and Tell guidance?
  • Are reporting procedures adequate in terms of escalation of concerns, and police support?

Top Tips:

  • Restrict both pedestrian and vehicular access to authorised persons and vehicles only
  • Maintain a good flow of intelligence and information, including close liaison with local Police and Counter-Terrorism advisors
  • Have the right calibre of trained people in place, including well trained Security teams
  • Carry out regular tests (including Penetration Tests) and drills of all security and safety systems
  • Implement both internal and external security audits
  • Ensure that Contingency and Emergency plans are in place and are easily accessible for all relevant personnel
  • Always ensure that Security teams are alert to suspicious behaviour

REMEMBER! It is vital that Access Control and anti-tailgating measures are as robust as possible, and that unauthorised persons are not allowed to gain access to your premises!

It is also vital that measures are in place to alert the police via 999 calls (not 101) or panic alarms in real time.

HMG’s terror alert status for the UK is detailed below:

The threat to the UK (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) from terrorism has been lowered from SEVERE to SUBSTANTIAL

The threat to Northern Ireland from Northern Ireland-related terrorism is SEVERE

NOTE: Threat levels are designed to give a broad indication of the likelihood of a terrorist attack

  • LOW means an attack is highly unlikely
  • MODERATE means an attack is possible, but not likely
  • SUBSTANTIAL means an attack is likely
  • SEVERE means an attack is highly likely
  • CRITICAL means an attack is highly likely in the near future

Everyone should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and violent political activists and report any suspicious activity to the Police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline on:
0800 789 321

REPORT IT!

You may end up saving a life or lives… and there is nothing more rewarding than that…
The following telephone numbers may be useful:

Corps Security Central Support: 0141 378 7000

Specific advice on Counter-Terrorism matters: 020 7566 0516

Editor: Mike Bluestone MA CSyP FSyI

‘Animal Rebellion’ – changed plans but still a threat….

In our previous issue of Corps Relay we circulated the intention of ‘Animal Rebellion’ to attempt to blockade City of London-based Smithfield Meat Market, during the period 7-21 October 2019.

Further updates on the possible impact on our City of London, and City of Westminster customers’ colleagues and premises

Following a further meeting held by City of London Police (CoLPA) and attended by Corps Security’s Regional Operations Director, we can report on the following update:

  • It was previously thought the newly formed Animal Rebellion group would occupy Smithfield’s market for two weeks from Monday 7 October. However following negotiations between the group, City Police and City of London Corporation the protest in the market will only take place over a 24-hour period starting from the afternoon of Monday 7 October.
  • Organisers anticipate around 2,000 protesters will participate. However the Facebook page suggests numbers will be smaller.
  • The Animal Rebellion protest in Smithfield appears to be one action as part of a two-week action undertaken by Extinction Rebellion, which will mainly target government agencies in the Westminster area.
  • The Extinction Rebellion protesters intend to target 10 locations in Westminster for at least two weeks from Monday 7 October. The protesters are likely to stay static in their sites, however their activity is dependent on the weather.
  • Map of intended routes and affected areas

What tactics will the protesters employ?

Readers should be aware of the likely tactics that protesters will employ:

  • Protesters’ tactics could include:
    • Graffiti, Criminal damage,
    • lock-ons outside premises,
    • swarming,
    • roadblocks,
    • mass sit-downs / die-in’s,
    • impersonating staff to enter building,
    • attending and disrupting events held in buildings
  • It is possible that protesters will approach businesses asking for their support.
  • There is no current intelligence to suggest violent tactics will be used from this group. However, as this is a new group it is difficult to foresee what their exact method of protesting will be

Where are the most likely locations for protests?

Potential locations that may be targeted by protesters within the City of London include the following:

  • It is expected Animal rebellion will protest Smithfield’s market for 24 hours, however it is possible they may re-enter the site during the two-week period. Meanwhile Extinction rebellion protesters will focus their activity in Westminster and government area.
  • Intelligence suggests protesters will set up a base on Grand Avenue in the centre of Smithfield market.
  • Intelligence suggests a charity shop in Plumtree court, Shoe Lane EC4A will be used by protesters as a feeding location.

How will Police respond during the protest?

The policing plan, as advised by City of London Police, will include the following:

  • A 24/7 robust policing plan will be in place from City Police throughout the two-week period in case protesters re-enter site or pop-up demos emerge.
  • Various Police teams have been set up including a Protest removal team (to deal with protesters glued to buildings), Rope tactics team (to deal with protesters climbing buildings) and Police liaising team (to engage with the protesters, businesses and local community).
  • There will be an increased number of officers around locations that have been targeted recently.

Police Advice:

  • Please ensure your own security plans are reviewed ahead of the demonstration.
  • Residents and businesses are encouraged to talk to officers deployed in the area. Please report all hostile reconnaissance activity.
  • Any intelligence, concerns or advice can be emailed to protestenquiries@cityoflondon.pnn.police.uk. Please send your emails from corporate email address.
  • If a situation escalates there will be an enhanced police and security presence in the City, who will be in the area to deal with the matter.
  • All persons (Security and other personnel) working throughout Central London should follow the TFL, and Police announcements on any impact on the Tube, Bus and other transport networks.
  • Only call 999 in the event of an emergency or threat to life.

All site Security Control Rooms should be monitoring Sky/Breaking News around the clock.

It is also vital that measures are in place to alert the police via 999 calls (not 101) or panic alarms in real time.

HMG’s terror alert status for the UK is detailed below:

The threat to the UK (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) from terrorism is SEVERE

The threat to Northern Ireland from Northern Ireland-related terrorism is SEVERE

NOTE: Threat levels are designed to give a broad indication of the likelihood of a terrorist attack

  • LOW means an attack is highly unlikely
  • MODERATE means an attack is possible, but not likely
  • SUBSTANTIAL means an attack is likely
  • SEVERE means an attack is highly likely
  • CRITICAL means an attack is highly likely in the near future

Everyone should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and violent political activists and report any suspicious activity to the Police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline on:
0800 789 321

REPORT IT!

You may end up saving a life or lives… and there is nothing more rewarding than that…

The following telephone numbers may be useful:

Corps Security Central Support: 0141 378 7000
Specific advice on Counter-Terrorism matters: 020 7566 0516

Editor: Mike Bluestone MA CSyP FSyI

‘Animal Rebellion’ planning to blockade Smithfield Market

It has been widely circulated through the media of the intention of a new protest group calling itself ‘Animal Rebellion’ to attempt to blockade City of London-based Smithfield Meat Market, during the period 7-21 October 2019.

How will this protest impact on our City of London customers’ colleagues and premises?

Following a Public meeting held by City of London Police (CoLPA) and attended by Corps Security’s Regional Operations Director, we can report the following:

  • Animal Rebellion, whilst linked with Extinction Rebellion, are a separate group with separate protest objections. Animal Rebellion (AR) intend to blockade Smithfield Market as a protest against Government Policy, with the aim of changing views on Cruelty to Animals and transitioning to more sustainable food sources. The Intention is to close the Market until Government respond to initial objective reported
  • This activity is planned to commence on 7th October, with AR stating that it plans to continue the protest until 21st October. AR are encouraging people to bring Tents, Food and Compost based toilets
  • CoLPA stated that as it is believed that AR activity is planned to peak around the Operational Hours of the Market Trading i.e. 0200-1000 Monday-Friday, CoLPA will be policing the area in increased numbers, during these hours, and have stated that the intention is to prevent the closure of the Market under any circumstances.
  • CoLPA, BTP and the Met are consolidating forces and, drawing upon experiences gained from the previous Extinction Rebellion protest in Central London, are prepared for smaller protests to break out across the City in support of this cause.
  • Currently preventative measures by police have already thwarted two potential threats in preparation for the protest activity

How may this protest impact upon the working day?

The numbers expected are unconfirmed but as a caution, CoLPA advised for the local area to prepare for a guide rate of 2,000-10,000 protestors. This will inevitably result in road closures and blockages, especially in the vicinity of the Market itself.

British Transport Police (BPT) have warned of possible major disruption at Farringdon Station, with possible closures. This is again based upon experiences learned from Extinction Rebellion’s previous activities.

Whilst most protestors will be focusing their attention on causing disruption at the Market, extra vigilance should be applied to managing access control.
Some protestors may attempt to gain unauthorised entry to places where there are possible links to their cause. In preparation, Access Control and lockdown measures should be strengthened. In addition, all persons (Security and other personnel) working throughout Central London should follow the TFL, and Police announcements on any impact on the Tube, Bus and other transport networks.

All site Security Control Rooms should be monitoring Sky/Breaking News around the clock.

 

It is also vital that measures are in place to alert the police via 999 calls (not 101) or panic alarms in real time.

We have been informed that a further briefing will be held on 1 October 2019, and we will issue further bulletins with updated information and intelligence as and when we receive it.

HMG’s terror alert status for the UK is detailed below:

The current threat level from international terrorism for the UK is now assessed as: SEVERE

The threat level for Irish related terrorism is set separately for Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

The threat from Northern Ireland-related terrorism in Great Britain is set at MODERATE

In Northern Ireland it is: SEVERE

NOTE:

  • CRITICAL means that a terrorist attack is imminent
  • SEVERE means that a terrorist attack is highly likely
  • SUBSTANTIAL that an attack is a strong possibility
  • MODERATE that an attack is possible but unlikely

Everyone should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and report any suspicious activity to the Police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline on: 0800 789 321

REPORT IT!

You may end up saving a life or lives… and there is nothing more rewarding than that…

The following telephone numbers may be useful:

Corps Security Central Support: 0141 847 2044
Specific advice on Counter-Terrorism matters: 020 7566 0516

Editor: Mike Bluestone MA CSyP FSyI

US President Donald Trump arrives in the UK today for a three-day official state visit

How might this visit impact on City and Central London premises, and premises in other parts of the country?

City of London, Central London, and other customer sites across the country impacted by the visit especially those where there are American owned
businesses or interests, or which are adjacent to such businesses, should place their security teams on high alert.

Today, the first day of Mr Trump’s three-day trip, will see a ceremonial welcome attended by the Queen, Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will be held in the Buckingham Palace garden. After the welcome, the Duke of Sussex will join the group for a private lunch at the palace.

Later on the president will be given a tour of Westminster Abbey and will also meet Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall for tea at Clarence House.

Heads of state are usually welcomed to the UK on Horse Guards Parade, rather than in the palace grounds.

President Trump will be staying at the US Ambassador’s residence Winfield House, near Regent’s Park in central London.

A state banquet in the palace’s ballroom will take place on Monday evening, with Mr Trump, the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall joined by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with other UK public figures and prominent Americans living in Britain.

On Tuesday, Mr Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May will host a business breakfast attended by the Duke of York at St James’s Palace.

Business leaders understood to be attending include Barclays CEO Jes Staley, GlaxoSmithKline chief executive Emma Walmsley, BAE Systems chairman Sir Roger Carr and the National Grid’s John Pettigrew.

Mr Trump will then visit Downing Street for talks with Theresa May, followed by a joint press conference. Mrs May has said she will step down as prime minister three days later on 7 June.

In the evening, the Trumps will host a dinner at the residence of the US ambassador attended by Charles and Camilla on behalf of the Queen.

The trip is expected to culminate on Wednesday 5 June with Mr Trump, the Queen and Prince Charles attending the national commemorative event in Portsmouth for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

A visiting leader will sometimes speak at the Houses of Parliament during a state visit, but this is currently not confirmed.

On the basis that there will be huge numbers of protestors on the streets of Central London, and also in Manchester, Belfast, Birmingham and Nottingham, there is a risk that some may decide to protest outside the offices of American owned interests, or disrupt staff and visitors to such places.

Whilst most protestors will be focusing their attention on causing disruption along the visit routes (see CSSC bulletin and map) extra vigilance should be applied to managing access control.

Some protestors may attempt to gain unauthorised entry to places where there are US owned interests or assets. In addition, all persons (Security and other personnel) working on customer sites in London should follow the TFL, and Police announcements on any impact on the Tube, Bus and other transport networks.

All site Security Control Rooms should be monitoring Sky/Breaking News around the clock.

It is also vital that measures are in place to alert the police via 999 calls (not 101) or panic alarms in real time.

 

The current threat level from international terrorism for the UK is now assessed as: SEVERE

The threat level for Irish related terrorism is set separately for Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

The threat from Northern Ireland-related terrorism in Great Britain is set at MODERATE

In Northern Ireland it is: SEVERE

NOTE:

  • CRITICAL means that a terrorist attack is imminent
  • SEVERE means that a terrorist attack is highly likely
  • SUBSTANTIAL that an attack is a strong possibility
  • MODERATE that an attack is possible but unlikely

Everyone should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and report any suspicious activity to the Police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline on: 0800 789 321

REPORT IT!

You may end up saving a life or lives… and there is nothing more rewarding than that…

The following telephone numbers may be useful:

Corps Security Central Support: 0141 847 2044
Specific advice on Counter-Terrorism matters: 020 7566 0516

Editor: Mike Bluestone MA CSyP FSyI

290 Fatalities and over 500 injured in the terror attacks against churches and hotels on 21 April…

The Sri Lankan government has announced that the suicide bombers who attacked the churches and hotels in Colombo, and elsewhere on the 21 April, were from a Sri Lankan based Islamist group known as the NTJ. Significantly, the government has admitted receiving prior warning of attacks some two and a half weeks earlier, and again only ten minutes before the attcacks, but no preventative actions were taken.

The lesson for all of us is that reliable information and intelligence must never be ignored. Here at Corps Consult, we are constantly ‘banging the drum’ of the need for Security, and indeed non-security personnel, to report all and any suspicious activity, and behaviour, in real-time…

Once again we repeat the message that terrorists rarely carry out such attacks without first visiting and/or surveilling their targets. As a consequence, spotting and identifying ‘hostile reconnaissance’ is of paramount importance in any security programme.

It is also vital that measures are in place to alert the police via 999 calls (not 101) or panic alarms in real time.


Sri Lankan officials inspect St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, north of Colombo after the attacks…

 

The current threat level from international terrorism for the UK is now assessed as: SEVERE

The threat level for Irish related terrorism is set separately for Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

The threat from Northern Ireland-related terrorism in Great Britain is set at MODERATE

In Northern Ireland it is: SEVERE

NOTE:

  • CRITICAL means that a terrorist attack is imminent
  • SEVERE means that a terrorist attack is highly likely
  • SUBSTANTIAL that an attack is a strong possibility
  • MODERATE that an attack is possible but unlikely

Everyone should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and report any suspicious activity to the Police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline on: 0800 789 321

REPORT IT!

You may end up saving a life or lives… and there is nothing more rewarding than that…

The following telephone numbers may be useful:

Corps Security Central Support: 0141 847 2044
Specific advice on Counter-Terrorism matters: 020 7566 0516

Editor: Mike Bluestone MA CSyP FSyI

Deadly Attack on Mosques in New Zealand

This sickening act of terrorism is another hate crime, which early media reports indicate is the work of far right extremists. My sympathies reach out to the victims and families, and it is my fervent hope that no Corps colleagues’ relatives are directly affected by these dreadful events.

If any colleagues, or customers of whatever faith, require advice or support regarding the protection of places of prayer, then do contact me. I have a lot of experience in such matters.
I have been warning customers and consulting clients for some time of the increased threat from far right extremists. MI5 is spending over a third of its resources investigating such groups, and individuals.

Vigilance in communities is key. We live in dangerous times, with hate fuelling violence against the innocent.

Here is a very brief summary of what we know so far:

  • Two mosques targeted in mass shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Being reported that 40 people have been killed and over 50 injured
  • Three men and one woman in custody – police say more attackers may be at large
  • A number of improvised explosive devices in vehicles were made safe after the shooting
  • Gunman live-streamed entering the mosque with his weapon drawn

Please see the ‘Iconic Site Guidance’ document, which contains useful information and guidance for protecting a wide range of sites. For civilian places of prayer, the key issue is to secure car parks, access points, and the perimeter, so that adversaries can be spotted before they get close enough to the main points of entry. A simple act, such as locking the main doors can gain precious time, even against armed attackers, to enable police armed response teams to arrive on site, and tackle the attacker(s). Slowing down the attackers’ ability to enter any premises can save lives!

It is also vital that measures are in place to alert the police via 999 calls (not 101) or panic alarms in real time.

The current threat level from international terrorism for the UK is now assessed as: SEVERE

The threat level for Irish related terrorism is set separately for Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

The threat from Northern Ireland-related terrorism in Great Britain is set at MODERATE

In Northern Ireland it is: SEVERE

NOTE:

  • CRITICAL means that a terrorist attack is imminent
  • SEVERE means that a terrorist attack is highly likely
  • SUBSTANTIAL that an attack is a strong possibility
  • MODERATE that an attack is possible but unlikely

Everyone should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and report any suspicious activity to the Police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline on: 0800 789 321

REPORT IT!

You may end up saving a life or lives… and there is nothing more rewarding than that…

The following telephone numbers may be useful:

Corps Security Central Support: 0141 847 2044
Specific advice on Counter-Terrorism matters: 020 7566 0516

Editor: Mike Bluestone MA CSyP FSyI