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Combined Authority backing ‘action counters terrorism’ campaign in West Yorkshire & Leeds City Region

20 March 2018

West Yorkshire Combined Authority is backing the Government’s Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) campaign and is reminding the public and its own employees to report suspicious behaviour and activity.

Unusual

Ben Still, Managing Director of the Combined Authority, which manages the county's Metro bus stations, said: “We are urging the public to help the police tackle terrorism and save lives by reporting suspicious activity or behaviour including anything that seems out of place, unusual or just doesn’t seem to fit in with everyday life.

“We use our extensive CCTV network to monitor our Metro bus stations across West Yorkshire 24 hours a day and are currently upgrading to a digital system, and while they are used by millions of passengers each year, antisocial incidents are few and far between.

“However, it’s communities who defeat terrorism and it is important that everyone plays their part in tackling it because actions can save lives. If people see something that concerns them I urge them to trust their instincts and call the police confidentially on 0800 789 321 or they can report in confidence online at www.gov.uk/ACT”

Strictest confidence

The message from the Police is that people shouldn’t worry they might be wasting their time. No call or click will be ignored and what people tell them will be treated in the strictest confidence and is thoroughly researched by experienced officers.

Among the things people are being advised to watch out for are who someone who travels but is vague about where they’re going, someone with passports or other documents in different names for no obvious reason, people receiving deliveries for unusual items bought online and anyone carrying out suspicious or unusual bank transactions.

Action

Mr Still added: “Like any criminals, terrorists need to plan, they need storage and they need to carry out reconnaissance while planning an attack.

“With this I mind people should report suspicious activity or behaviour and anything that seems out of place and doesn’t seem to fit in with everyday life, including people photographing or studying security arrangements or CCTV.

“Action really can counter terrorism across West Yorkshire and the City Region.”

Social media channels people can use are:

The campaign’s hashtag is #ActionCountersTerrorism.

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