Barcelona Attacks

Hello and Welcome to this latest edition of Corps Relay…

…the newsletter designed to help you protect your people and property whilst giving important updates from the world of security.

In this issue we start with the Barcelona Attacks, giving the information we know, as well as some top tips on how to help prevent such attacks.

We then discuss the recent rise in acid attacks before detailing how the “Three Musketeers” have been found guilty of planning a terrorist attack on British soil.

Finally, we give an update on further developments around armed policing in the UK.

Deadly Terrorist Vehicle Ramming Attack in Barcelona

What we know so far:

A white van was intentionally rammed/crashed into a packed summer crowd this evening (Thursday 17 August) in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas district. Barcelona police called it a terror attack. Reports thus far indicate at least 12 people killed and 80 injured.

Islamic State (Daesh) claimed responsibility for the attack, however the terror group frequently declares that it is behind terrorist incidents, although their claims should always be treated with caution.

The driver was arrested some two and a half hours after the attack, and a second suspect was also subsequently arrested. Police shot dead a third man who drove at officers at a checkpoint. It is unclear whether he was connected to the Las Ramblas attack. Las Ramblas, is a busy tree-lined promenade in the centre of the city, and is very popular with tourists.

One of the arrested men was named by police as Driss Oukabir, a Moroccan national who resides in Spain. He is suspected of renting the van.

What can we do to help prevent or mitigate such attacks?

Maintaining vigilance is key! Of course, vigilance is not the exclusive domain of security personnel, and readers and customers are reminded to encourage all staff and contractors at their premises to be alert, and vigilant to any suspicious behaviour, or activity.

 

Please ask yourselves the following questions relating to the security of your own premises:

  • Are you applying the ‘onion skin’ principle of layered security, and defensive space? Can you extend outwards the first checking points for visitors?
  • Is it feasible for you to arrange for visitors, whether pedestrians or in vehicles to be checked initially at outer gates, rather than allow entry to internal Reception areas?
  • Have you assessed whether Hostile Vehicle Mitigation measures are required?
  • If you have HVM assets installed at your premises/site, are you actually using them on a regular basis?
  • Can you deploy security personnel to perimeter areas which enable them to safely look out for vehicles being driven at excessive speed?
  • Are reporting mechanisms fast enough to enable prompt activation of lockdowns in the event of a shooter getting on to your premises, or a speeding vehicle being detected?
  • Who has operational control?
  • 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?
  • 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
  • Use and operate your HVM assets on a regular basis
  • 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!

REMEMBER!

That it is vital that everyone looks out for hostile reconnaissance, and that any suspicious activity is reported in real-time!

 

Second Terror Attack close to Barcelona, in Cambrils!

Earlier today we learned that Spanish police have killed five suspected terrorists in the town of Cambrils in order to prevent another vehicle attack, following the earlier attack yesterday in Barcelona.

Spanish police report that the men, were wearing explosive belts, and were linked to the first attack. Significantly, the Spanish authorities are now also linking the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils with an explosion at a house on Wednesday evening in the town of Alcanar that left one person dead. It is being reported that residents at the Alcanar house had been “preparing an explosive device.

In Cambrils itself, seven people, including a police officer, were wounded when a car was driven into them early on Friday. One person is in a critical condition.

It is also being reported that the attackers’ vehicle overturned, and when the men got out they were quickly neutralised by police.

Here at Corps Relay, we consider that given that there have been two attacks so close together involving a sizeable number of people, indicates that there is a well organised Jihadist group (or groups) operating in Catalonia at this time. It is not yet known whether this group is taking its orders direct from Daesh (Islamic State leadership), but as stated earlier in this issue, Daesh will be quick to claim responsibility for these attacks to bolster their ‘reputation’ following continuing losses on the main battlefields of Syria, and Iraq.

 

Acid Attacks on the Increase

There has been a worrying spate of acid attacks in London in recent weeks. Whether they are gang related, theft related or just random attacks, it has become clear to see that acid (of different types, including household cleaning fluids) has become a popular weapon for criminals.

Corps Security has distributed guidance information that was published by SP Services on how to treat a victim of an acid attack. A summary is below, but if you would like the full content then please contact the Corps Relay team.

The main aim of any burn treatment is to stop the burning process as quickly as possible

  • Remove all contaminated clothing and jewellery near the affected area
  • Cool the burn with copious amounts of cool running water for at least 20 minutes, as soon as possible after the initial contact
  • Keep the victim warm, but don’t put blankets/fresh clothes over the inflicted area
  • Cover the burn with cling film
  • Keep the patient upright, especially if face or eyes are burnt
  • Minor burns can be treated with paracetamol or ibuprofen
  • The patient should go to hospital if showing signs of shock, it has burnt through the first layer of skin or if the burn affects any of the following areas: eyes, hands, feet, face, groin or buttocks, or a major joint such as the knee or elbow

 

Don’t forget: ‘Cool, Call and Cover’

Cool the burn.

Call for help.

Cover with cling film or a sterile non-fluffy dressing.

For information regarding this or for PPE for acid attacks, SP Services can be contacted on the below number:

01952 288 999

 

‘Three Musketeers’ Jailed

Three men, nicknamed “The Three Musketeers”, and an aide have been found guilty of planning a terrorist attack involving a pipe bomb and a meat cleaver targeting the military or the police.

Naweed Ali, Mohibur Rahman, Khobaib Hussain – The ‘Three Musketeers’ – and Tahir Aziz were found guilty at the end of a 20 week trial. They were originally arrested on 26th August 2016 after a sting operation uncovered a bag of weapons including a pipe bomb, an air pistol and a meat cleaver with the word kafir (unbeliever) scratched onto it. Counter-terrorism officials believe it is one of the most significant terror plots they’ve thwarted in the previous year.

The ‘Three Musketeers’ have been jailed for a minimum of 20 years apiece, whereas Aziz was ordered to serve a minimum of 15. Three of the four have previous terrorism convictions.

 

Armed Police Officers to be issued with new Head Mounted Cameras

The Met Police have announced that Head-mounted cameras are due to be issues to police officers who carry an “overt” firearm in an effort to provide “greater transparency” in police shootings.

The rollout, part of one of the largest rollouts of body worn cameras by police in the world, will see cameras fitted to baseball caps and ballistic helmets of officers patrolling the streets of London. Body worn cameras are not new to the Met Police. They were trialled after Mark Duggan was shot be armed officers in August 2011, but were branded as “unfit-for-purpose” in 2015 due to the positioning of them on the officer. Once a firearm was raised by the officer the image was blocked and thus the cameras were found to be not all that useful.Met Police Commander Matt Twist, has said that armed officers “very much welcome” the cameras. He is also recorded as saying “The cameras also offer greater transparency for those in front of the camera as well as those behind it”.

Body-mounted cameras have already been issued to officers in 30 London Boroughs, as well as officers from transport units, territorial support group and the dog unit.

Future issues of Corps Relay will continue to provide updates on policing and security here in the UK.  In the meantime the international terror threat level in the UK remains at severe, meaning an attack is “highly likely”.

 

The current threat level from international terrorism for the UK was decreased on 27th May 2017 and is now assessed as SEVERE

 

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

In Northern Ireland it is SEVERE and in Great Britain it is SUBSTANTIAL

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…

For further information, or for back copies of Corps Relay, feel free to contact our team direct on 020 7566 0516 or via

e-mail at mbluestone@corpssecurity.co.uk or ebrooksbank@corpssecurity.co.uk

 

Editor: Mike Bluestone

Associate Editor: Emma Brooksbank

Paris Ramming Attack

A Terrorist Incident

Summary of incident

A car has struck a group of soldiers in a Paris suburb earlier today, injuring six, two seriously, according to French Police and Security sources.

French police report that a man has been shot and arrested after they intercepted the car on a motorway north of the capital. The soldiers were injured outside a barracks in the north-western suburb of Levallois-Perret on Wednesday morning (9 August 2017).

The Paris prosecutor said the attack was “attempted killings… in relation to a terrorist undertaking”. Readers will recall that France has been under a state of emergency since November 2015.

Implications for readers

This attack reinforces our concerns that vehicle ramming is likely to be a favoured tactic of terrorists for the foreseeable future. Consequently, for customer sites where Hostile Vehicle Mitigation is in place, it should be used accordingly. Security teams should maintain vigilance and continue to pay attention to vehicles being driven:

  • Erratically
  • At unusually high speeds in built up areas

All such incidents should be escalated appropriately.

For readers operating sites of an iconic status or a high-risk rating, reassessing the physical barriers and perimeter protection is essential.

Following on from this, we at Corps Relay would like to reinforce the importance of the ‘Onion Skin Principle’. In applying our ‘Eight Principles of Security’, which readers will be aware of, we also recommend building into resilience programmes the tried and tested ‘Onion Skin Principle’ of applying a robust ‘layered’ approach to security. This will (when applied properly) ensure that there is ‘defence in depth’ to deter, hamper, and slow down the efforts of even the most determined adversary, and thereby provide time for effective alerts to be raised, and for Security Officers and/or Police to be alerted, and respond accordingly.

The current threat level from international terrorism for the UK was decreased on 27 May 2017 and is now assessed as SEVERE

 

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

 

In Northern Ireland it is SEVERE and in Great Britain it is SUBSTANTIAL

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…

For further information, or for back copies of Corps Relay, feel free to contact our team direct on 020 7566 0516 or via

e-mail at mbluestone@corpssecurity.co.uk or ebrooksbank@corpssecurity.co.uk

 

Editor: Mike Bluestone

Associate Editor: Emma Brooksbank

Terror Attack in Finsbury Park

Terror Attack in Finsbury Park

Last night London suffered yet another terror attack which took place in close to the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park.

Media reports thus far indicate the following:

  • One man died and ten people were injured when a man drove a hired van into worshippers outside the Muslim Welfare House.
  • Eight people were taken to hospital after the attack outside the mosque, which is also a community centre.
  • A 48 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
  • This is the fourth terror attack in the UK in four months, after incidents in Westminster, Manchester and on London Bridge.
  • Police said all victims of the attack, which was in the area of Finsbury Park Mosque, were Muslim.
  • Many are believed to have just left evening prayers at the Muslim Welfare House after breaking the Ramadan fast.
  • The perpetrator was “not known” to the security services.

This is not the first time that Muslims – and specifically visible Muslim targets, namely mosques – have been targeted in acts of terrorism in the UK. The threat from extreme right-wing groups has been growing in recent years. In fact 16% of all terror arrests in the year to March were classed as “domestic” extremism. Many readers may not be aware that MI5 and Counter-Terror police invest a significant amount of resources in monitoring and arresting extreme right wing activists.

In short, whilst we have experienced a number of terror acts perpetrated by Islam extremists, the risk of future attacks by extreme right wing terrorists cannot be ruled out

A more detailed bulletin on the attacks of extreme right wing groups will follow on.

Readers involved in Muslim communities or in any other faith group who may require advice on security are welcome to contact Corps Relay at the relevant email address below.

Future issues of Corps Relay will continue to provide updates on policing and security here in the UK.  In the meantime the international terror threat level in the UK remains at severe, meaning an attack is “highly likely”.

The current threat level from international terrorism for the UK was decreased on 27 May 2017 and is now assessed as SEVERE

 

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

 

In Northern Ireland it is SEVERE and in Great Britain it is SUBSTANTIAL

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…

For further information, or for back copies of Corps Relay, feel free to contact our team direct on 020 7566 0516 or via

e-mail at mbluestone@corpssecurity.co.uk or ebrooksbank@corpssecurity.co.uk

Editor: Mike Bluestone

Associate Editor: Emma Brooksbank

Special Terror Alert Bulletin

Special Terror Alert Bulletin

Barbaric Terror Attack in London Bridge Area – Seven Killed and Many Injured:

Seven people have been killed in what is rightly being described as a barbaric terror attack in the London Bridge area.

A van intentionally rammed into pedestrians on London Bridge at just before 10.00pm on Saturday 3 June. Three men then got out of the van and commenced a vicious stabbing spree, targeting people in nearby Borough Market. The attackers were shot dead by eight police officers who fired 50 bullets. Sadly, a member of the public was accidentally shot, and that person remains in hospital in a non-critical condition.

Some 48 members of the public were taken to five hospitals, including Guys and St. Thomas’s. Four police officers were injured, including a BTP officer, and an off duty Met officer who were both seriously injured whilst tackling the terrorists. Following the incident 12 people have been arrested during police raids in Barking, east London.

The Prime Minister has announced that the general election will go ahead on 8 June, although all major political parties suspended national campaigning, except UKIP. A Police casualty bureau has been set up for which the telephone numbers are as follows:

00 096 1233 and 020 7158 0197

Can we expect more attacks?

Here at Corps Relay, we expressed concern in our previous issue (No26) of the possibility of ‘copycat’ attacks by Islamic extremists who would have been perversely ‘inspired’ by the Manchester Arena suicide bombing on 22 May, as a result of which twenty-three adults and children, including the bomber, were killed and 119 were injured, 23 of them critically.

We also wonder whether the lowering of the Terror Threat level to Severe from Critical may have been premature, given that as a result of that change the Military armed presence was withdrawn from the streets…

Equally, there is no evidence to suggest that Islamic extremists have lost their desire to perpetrate further outrages, and so our message to all readers is to maintainheightened vigilance, especially on those sites and premises with high footfall, and which attract large numbers of members of the public.

Vigilance is not of course the exclusive domain of security personnel, and readers and customers are reminded to encourage all staff and contractors at their premises to be alert, and vigilant to any suspicious behaviour, or activity.

Please ask yourselves the following questions relating to the security of your own premises:

  • Are you applying the ‘onion skin’ principle of layered security, and defensive space? Can you extend outwards the first checking points for visitors?
  • Is it feasible for you to arrange for visitors, whether pedestrians or in vehicles to be checked initially at outer gates, rather than allow entry to internal Reception areas?
  • Have you assessed whether Hostile Vehicle Mitigation measures are required?
  • Can you deploy security personnel to perimeter areas which enable them to safely look out for vehicles being driven at excessive speed?
  • Are reporting mechanisms fast enough to enable prompt activation of lockdowns in the event of a shooter getting on to your premises, or a speeding vehicle being detected?
  • Who has operational control?
  • 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?
  • 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!

REMEMBER!

That it is vital that everyone looks out for hostile reconnaissance, and that any suspicious activity is reported in real-time!

 

The current threat level from global terrorism is set at:

 

SEVERE meaning that a terrorist attack is still highly likely!

 

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

In Northern Ireland it is:

 

SEVERE and in Great Britain SUBSTANTIAL

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:

0207 566 0516

 

Editor: Mike Bluestone

Associate Editor: Emma Brooksbank

Terror Threat Level now back down a notch to "Severe"

Terror Threat Level now back down a notch to “Severe”

SPECIAL BULLETIN (No 24)

Terror Threat Level now back down a notch to:

‘SEVERE’

Is it time to relax?

The UK terrorism threat level has been reduced from ‘Critical’ to ‘Severe’. The announcement was made last Saturday 27 May, by the Prime Minister. The announcement followed a meeting of the government’s emergency committee Cobra last Saturday morning.

The change indicates an attack is highly likely, although not imminently expected.

The Military personnel deployed last week to support the civilian police will be stood down on Monday 29 May, at the close of the bank holiday weekend.

It is now apparent that the Security Services (including MI5 and other agencies) and the police have made very significant progress in shutting down the operational terror cell in which Salman Abedi and members of his Libyan family were active, hence the threat level being downgraded so promptly. It had been upgraded to ‘Critical’ in the aftermath of the suicide bombing carried out by Abedi at the Manchester Arena.  The threat level had of course, been set at ‘Critical’ in the aftermath of that horrific bombing, which mercilessly, targeted young people and children.

There are some questions to pose:

  • So what now?
  • Does the threat level downgrade mean we can all relax?
  • If we can’t still relax, then what should we all be doing, that we haven’t already been doing?

What now?

Let’s firstly not forget that the Security Services have told us that the threat from Islamic extremists will likely be hanging over us for the next couple of decades. MI5 estimates that there are some 3,000 active terrorist minded operatives out there, in the UK alone.

My concern is that other extremists could ‘jump on the back’ of the Manchester attack, and be ‘inspired’ to conduct their own attacks. ‘Copy-cat’ attacks do occur. It is hard, indeed impossible, for decent minded people of goodwill, to get their heads around the fact that Islamic extremists have defined the carnage of the Manchester bombing as a success!!  Let us also not forget that it was Libyan terrorists who brought down Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie in December 1988…

So can we relax, perhaps even just a bit…?

The short answer is, no.

One particular terror cell/group (with a Libyan connection) may be no more, but there are others ready to make their move. MI5 and the police, to their enormous credit, have thwarted many other terrorist plots. The officers of those organisations are working tirelessly to protect us all, but the sad reality is that every now and again, a single group of terrorists will slip through the net. There are just not enough Security Service and police personnel to have all suspects under physical surveillance 24×7…

So, what should we all be doing, that we haven’t already been doing?

The need for heightened vigilance should remain in place.

Vigilance is not of course the exclusive domain of security personnel, and readers and customers are reminded to encourage all staff and contractors at their premises to be alert, and vigilant to any suspicious behaviour, or activity.

Please ask yourselves the following questions relating to the security of your own premises:

  • Applying the ‘onion skin’ principle of layered security, and defensive space, can you extend outwards the first checking points for visitors?
  • Is it feasible for you to arrange for visitors, whether pedestrians or in vehicles to be checked initially at outer gates, rather than allow entry to internal Reception areas?
  • Have you assessed whether Hostile Vehicle Mitigation measures are required?
  • Can you deploy security personnel to perimeter areas which enable them to safely look out for vehicles being driven at excessive speed?
  • Are reporting mechanisms fast enough to enable prompt activation of lockdowns in the event of a shooter getting on to your premises, or a speeding vehicle being detected?
  • Who has operational control?
  • 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?
  • 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!

The current threat level from global terrorism has now been set at: SEVERE meaning that a terrorist attack is still highly likely!

 

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

In Northern Ireland it is: SEVERE and in Great Britain SUBSTANTIAL

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:

0207 566 0516

Editor: Mike Bluestone

Associate Editor: Emma Brooksbank

Special Terror Update Bulletin

Dear Readers,

Since issuing our previous Corps Relay (Number 24), the Prime Minister has announced that Britain’s Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) last night raised the terror threat level to ‘critical’, its highest level.

This significant step has been made less than 24 hours after the bomb attack at a teen concert in Manchester, which tragically left 22 dead and 64 injured.

The Prime Minister has also confirmed the identity of the Manchester suicide bomber as 22-year-old Salman Abedi (a Mancunian of Libyan descent), who it is suspected by the Security Service, did not act alone. This leaves open the possibility of an active Islamist terror cell on the loose.

The threat level has only been raised to ‘critical’ twice since the system was introduced on August 1, 2006. Troops are to be deployed onto Britain’s streets amid fears a further terror attack ‘may be imminent’.

Deployed troops will come under the command of civilian police forces throughout the UK, and it is likely that they will be deployed on static and patrolling security duties, as has been seen over the past 2-3 years in France.  The deployment of military personnel will then free up warranted police officers to focus on their counter-terrorism and law enforcement duties.  Additionally, certain military units will provide direct support, and back-up to armed police response teams.

Given the raising of the threat level, readers are advised to conduct a re-assessment of current security measures at their premises and facilities.  Special emphasis should be placed upon perimeter security and access control.  Readers are advised to consider adopting the ‘onion skin principle’ to the physical security of premises, so that (just like the layers of an onion) there are several layers of security measures in place to help prevent, and mitigate the impact of attacks.

Where appropriate, consideration should be given to deploying additional security officers so that the deterrent effect at premises is enhanced, and more trained eyes and ears are on the ground able to spot potential hostile reconnaissance, and/or suspicious behaviour.

Again, in appropriate circumstances, consideration should be given to the deployment of trained ‘sniffer dog’ teams, such measures being especially relevant, for example, to places of entertainment, museums and shopping centres, and facilities which attract large number of members of the public, and where footfall is generally high.

Corps Security and our consulting department, Corps Consult, can assist readers who have specific requests for further support or guidance.

The current threat level from international terrorism for the UK was raised on 23 May 2017 and is now assessed as CRITICAL

 

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

 

In Northern Ireland it is SEVERE and in Great Britain it is SUBSTANTIAL

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…

For further information, or for back copies of Corps Relay, feel free to contact our team direct on 020 7566 0516 or via

e-mail at mbluestone@corpssecurity.co.uk or ebrooksbank@corpssecurity.co.uk

 

Editor: Mike Bluestone

Associate Editor: Emma Brooksbank

Special Terror Alert Bulletin

Special Terror Alert Bulletin

Appalling terror attack at Manchester Arena – Many dead and injured…

The vigilance and awareness of all our site based, and other uniformed colleagues, is now being raised yet again, in the face of yet another example of brutal terrorism. Corps Security’s teams will be busy today providing reassurance to customers, and in particular to those who operate places of entertainment, and where there is high footfall, and a regular presence of members of the public.

Colleagues in our Events teams will be ensuring that all appropriate emergency and contingency plans for events are checked and understood.

The attack in Manchester targeted young people, including children.

Here at Corps Consult, we are liaising with Police and contacts at CPNI to get their take on this most serious terror attack, the worst in the UK since 7/7 2005.

What we know at this stage…

Greater Manchester Police say 22 are confirmed dead in suspected terror attack

  1. 59 people were injured in the blast at Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert
  2. Sixty ambulances attended the scene
  3. Police have set up an emergency number for those concerned about friends and relatives: 0161 8569400
  4. There will be no trains to or from Manchester Victoria station on Tuesday
  5. The Conservatives have suspended their general election campaigning
  6. Calls have been made for blood donors to step forward

 

The Prime Minister will be chairing a meeting of the government’s emergency Cobra committee later today.

One eye witness told the BBC that he was “metres away from an explosion” while waiting to pick up his daughter from the concert. He said his wife suffered a “stomach wound” and “possible broken leg”. He added: “Someone came through the doors then bang.” This report supports the confirmation that this attack was in fact a suicide bombing, , this means that access control and front of house security, at all sites, must be checked, and where necessary enhanced.

Further bulletins will follow as and when more solid information is to hand.

In the meantime, our customers and colleagues are urged to maintain extreme vigilance in the face of ruthless adversaries…

In the meantime the international terror threat level in the UK remains at severe, meaning an attack is “highly likely”.

 

The current threat level from international terrorism for the UK was raised on 29 August 2014 and is now assessed as SEVERE

 

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

 

In Northern Ireland it is SEVERE and in Great Britain it is SUBSTANTIAL

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…

For further information, or for back copies of Corps Relay, feel free to contact our team direct on 020 7566 0516 or via

e-mail at mbluestone@corpssecurity.co.uk or ebrooksbank@corpssecurity.co.uk

 

Editor: Mike Bluestone

Associate Editor: Emma Brooksbank

Global Cyber Attack Special Bulletin

Global Cyber-Attack Special Bulletin

Hello and welcome to this special issue of Corps Relay, aimed at providing you with the important information you need to know to protect you and your business.

We at Corps Relay are aware that many of our readers will be concerned about the cyber-attack that hit the NHS and many other companies globally last Friday. So, what actually happened?

  • The malware – WannaCry – seems to have spread via a computer virus known as a worm. This means it can move around a network by itself instead of relying on humans to spread it by clicking on attachments
  • The malware was asking for a random of $300 (£230) to decrypt the files on the machine
  • There were believed to be more than 200,000 victims in 150 different countries
  • Organisations that were hit range from the Russian Interior Ministry to Fedex to Renault
  • 48 NHS health trusts were hit causing hospitals, GP surgeries and trusts to resort to paper and pen, as well as meaning that ambulances had to be diverted to other hospitals. Routine appointments and operations had also been cancelled
  • Security blogger, known as MalwareTech, accidentally halted the spread of the malware by finding what appeared to be a “kill switch” in the software’s code. However this doesn’t repair computers that were already infected

City of London Police has issued a protection alert in the wake of this attack. You can find it HERE

From our own experience, we understand how it is essential for there to be an air gap between your operational server and your back up server. If anyone has any specific concerns and wish to consult with cyber security specialists we are happy to refer you to our trusted cyber security partner, QCC Global. They can be contacted via their London office as follows

Tel: 0207 205 2100

Website: www.qccglobal.com

Aftermath of Westminster

The Aftermath of the Westminster Attack – Fingers on the Button – Be Prepared

Hello and welcome to the 22nd issue of Corps Relay – the newsletter designed to help you protect your people and property. The brutal terror attack in Westminster on 22 March is further proof (if any were needed) that terrorism can rear its ugly head in the UK, with devastating effect. The Corps Relay Team takes this opportunity to express its condolences to the relatives and friends of PC Keith Palmer, and all the other innocent victims of this cruel attack. Our two special bulletins can be found HERE and HERE.

In light of recent events we have focussed on preparation and training should a terrorist attack occur. Firstly, we summarise the National Stakeholder Menu of Tactical options, a document which outlines ways to enhance your security, before we explain how Corps Security has become a self-provider of Project Griffin training. We end with our usual summary on Armed Police activity.

National Stakeholder Menu of Tactical Options – A Summary

Corps Relay was pleased to see that the National Counter Terrorism Security Office had released the National Stakeholder Menu of Tactical Options. Below is a summary of the document.

The National Stakeholder Menu of Tactical Options is a document that can be used by either the private sector or security industry that outlines ways in which they can enhance their security position in times of raised terrorism threat levels.

These options can be used in conjunction with the Police Service’s ‘National Menu of Counter Terrorism Tactical Options’ or independently.

At the end of each issue of Corps Relay we include the current threat levels facing our country from international and Irish terror.

Each level of threat has a different response needed from the security industry, and these are:

  • Critical – Maximum protective security measures to meet specific threats and to minimise vulnerability and risk
  • Severe/Substantial – Additional and substantial protective security measures reflecting the broad nature of the threat combined with specific business and geographical vulnerabilities and judgements on acceptable risk
  • Moderate – Routine protective security measures appropriate to the business concerned The overall business strategy in dealing with a change in threat level is to understand the type of threat posed and to consider the appropriate level of action that allows the business to continue running as usual.

The following principles should be central to any decisions:

  • Prioritise areas to protect
  • Measures should be proportionate to the threat
  • Do not let security costs exceed the value of what you are protecting
  • Security is more cost effective when incorporated into long-term planning
  • Agree a strategy and document all decisions

Menu of Tactical Options If there is an increase in threat level, then the following list of tactical options should be considered by your business to help ensure security on your premises:

  • Have a lock down procedure
  • Increase security presence
  • Brief staff to be more vigilant
  • Work in partnership with local businesses • Ensure you have a fully functioning CCTV system
  • Establish parking checks
  • Instate a robust visitor entry process • Implement search regimes
  • Consider cancelling or postponing large events
  • Review staff abstractions
  • Enforce a stricter delivery system

REMEMBER ROBUST AND VIGILANT ‘COMMUNITIES’ PROVIDE A HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT FOR TERRORISTS/CRIMINALS TO OPERATE IN

The full National Stakeholder Menu of Tactical Options document can be found HERE

 

Project Griffin

Project Griffin Training Corps Security is pleased to announce that it is now a self-deliverer of Project Griffin training. This initiative was formed back in 2004 and encourages members of the public to work in Partnership with the police to deter and detect terrorist activity and crime. Our Project Griffin Champion within Corps Security is Russell Southern, and we asked him a few questions to find out more.

Can you give me some background to Project Griffin training? Project Griffin is the national counter terrorism awareness initiative for business produced by NaCTSO to protect cities and communities from the threat of terrorism.

The aim of Project Griffin is to:

  • Help understand the threat from terrorism to the UK
  • Guide individuals on what to do if they find themselves involved in a terrorist incident or event that leads to a planned attack
  • Enable people to recognise and report suspicious activity ·

What is your role within the training?

Now that we can self-deliver my role is to act as the link between the Police and Corps Security to provide updates and reports on modules that are taught along with the number of personnel trained.

How did we go about becoming a self-deliverer of the training?

What was the process?

I first heard that Project Griffin was available to be self-delivered from the Crime Prevention Association meetings that I attend monthly which are held by the City of London Police. The reason the Police decided for this to be self-delivered was due to the number of people they wish to be trained. The average number of people the Police were training annually was around 100,000. By allowing self-delivery they hope this will reach 1 million trained annually. Knowing the importance of the training and how good it would be to self-deliver I got in touch with the Police and arranged for a contract to be written up between Corps Security which would enable the company to self-deliver.  I had to speak to a number of people to arrange this between Corps Security and the Police as at first only limited companies were allowed to hold a contract. This has now been changed.

How do you think this helps the officers who get trained?

This benefits not only Corps Security staff but also allows us to deliver the training to the client and the tenants as well as, other service partners in the building. We can provide updated training when needed and out of the 14 available teaching modules available, can pick and choose which ones are relevant to the individuals being taught. This allows us to be very flexible with this training and carry out refreshers when necessary. Before we had to wait until sessions were available but now can deliver these as often as we like.

Why, do you think, is this training important?

With the ever changing threat from terrorism it is essential for not only security but all members of the public to be aware of what to look for and how to report. The more people are aware the more protected we all are from terrorism.

Armed Policing in the UK – An Update

In his last speech as commissioner of the Metropolitan police, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has said that armed police shouldn’t be afraid to shoot their weapons. In his speech to the Royal United Services Institute, Hogan-Howe stressed the importance of trusting our armed officers and to treat them less suspiciously. He did also say that he was concerned with the way that officers who are involved in shooting accidents are treated, saying some shootings take too long to investigate.

“We can’t afford to have officers think twice because they fear the consequences of shooting someone. That’s how they get shot, or the public gets hurt, or a criminal gets away with a gun.”

There seems to be a similar thought throughout the Metropolitan Police regarding armed officers. Here at Corps Relay, we have been following a Metropolitan Police Federation’s survey that indicates that nearly half of all Met police officers want more firearms specialists. This survey was answered by approximately a third of all Metropolitan police officers over the last three weeks of January, and another finding was that three quarters of all who answered believed that all officers should be issued with Tasers.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has been replaced as the commissioner of the Metropolitan police by Cressida Dick, the first female to be appointed to the role.

Future issues of Corps Relay will continue to provide updates on policing and security here in the UK.

For further information, or for back copies of Corps Relay, feel free to contact our team direct on 020 7566 0516 or via e-mail at mbluestone@corpssecurity.co.uk or ebrooksbank@corpssecurity.co.uk

Editor: Mike Bluestone

Associate Editor: Emma Brooksbank

Special Terror Alert Bulletin 2 / 2

Dear Readers,

Following on from our special bulletin of yesterday, here is a further update on the terror attack in Westminster, along with some additional guidance, and information:

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT THUS FAR

  • Four people have died and 40 people have been injured in a terror attack near the Houses of Parliament
  • At 14.40 GMT a single attacker drove a car over Westminster Bridge, near the Houses of Parliament in central London, killing at least two pedestrians and injuring many more
  • The car then crashed into railings outside the Houses of Parliament
  • The attacker, armed with a knife, ran to Parliament where he was confronted by the police. One officer, PC Keith Palmer – who was not armed – was stabbed and killed
  • The attacker was shot dead by armed officers
  • This was the first time a terror attack has been conducted in the UK where a conventional vehicle has been used as the primary ‘weapon’ of attack
  • The terrorist was also armed with a knife, which dealt the fatal blow to PC Palmer
  • Although reports indicate that the attack may have been the action of a lone wolf, a number of arrests have been made across the UK suggesting that more than one person was involved in the planning, or coordination of the attack
  • Significantly, Daesh (Islamic State) has belatedly claimed responsibility for the attack, although that claim should not necessarily be taken at face value, since terror groups such as Al Qaeda, and Daesh, will often claim responsibility for the terrorist actions of others in order to boost their own warped reputation

IMPLICATIONS FOR OUR READERS AND CUSTOMERS

The use of a conventional vehicle (in this case, a small car) demonstrates the ease with which terrorists can inflict death, injury and mayhem without recourse to firearms such as assault rifles, pistols or IEDs.  The implications for those involved in the protection of premises and property, is that focus must be placed on examining existing security measures and, in particular, having adequate defence in depth, i.e. a layered approach to protective security in place.  Thus, for example, outer perimeter security such as fencing, lockable gates, CCTV, access control, appropriate Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) measures, and of course vigilant and alert security officers, are all vital components in the prevention of attacks, as well as countering the gathering of hostile reconnaissance.

It seems more than a coincidence that the terrorist in this incident, after mowing down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge (an area frequently teeming with tourists and office workers) would then choose to crash his vehicle into railings close to, what is being described, as the weakest segment in perimeter security at the Palace of Westminster. This suggests that the perpetrator had this information to hand, and was thereby able to launch a knife attack, resulting in the tragic killing of an unarmed officer.  It must equally be acknowledged that by tackling the terrorist at that outer perimeter, the bravery of unarmed police officers restricted the threat of further death and injury beyond the very perimeter being guarded.

As a consequence of the above we pose some questions below which we hope will assist you to take practical steps to mitigate the threats from terrorism, and ramming attacks:

  • 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 speeding vehicle being detected?
  • Who has operational control?
  • 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?
  • 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!

Despite this attack, the international terror threat level in the UK remains at severe, meaning an attack is “highly likely”.

The current threat level from international terrorism for the UK was raised on 29 August 2014 and is now assessed as: SEVERE

 

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

 

In Northern Ireland it is: SEVERE and in Great Britain SUBSTANTIAL

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

Associate Editor: Emma Brooksbank