Sussex public should ‘remain vigilant’ after Paris attacks

Sussex PCC Katy Bourne
Sussex PCC Katy Bourne
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Sussex residents should ‘remain vigilant’ after the terror attacks in Paris, the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has urged.

At least 129 people died and hundreds were wounded as gunmen and suicide bombers targeted a concert hall, stadium, bars and restaurants in the French capital on Friday night.

Sussex PCC Katy Bourne will discuss the security implications for the county at her monthly Performance & Accountability Meeting with Chief Constable Giles York on Friday November 20 from 1pm.

Mrs Bourne said: “I joined people around the world in observing the minute’s silence for the victims of the Paris attacks and my thoughts remain with those affected by these horrific events.

“In the UK, the current threat level remains severe and it’s important that the police – and the public – continue to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity immediately.

“I will be asking the Chief Constable what impact these kind of events have locally, both in terms of the demand on local policing and in tackling any community tensions.

“I will also be seeking assurances that the force is prepared and ready to contribute to any nationally co-ordinated response should the need arise.”

Other topics due to be discussed at the November PAM include:

· Progress under the new Local Policing Programme;

· Restorative Justice;

· Burglary prevention;

· Closer working between the police and academia.

The meeting will be webcast online.

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