London has been hit by five terror attacks in nine months and
the head of its police force says the spike is something Australia
and other nations should prepare for.
This is not a small spike, this is a shift and that shift is
actually not unique to us, Metropolitan Police Commissioner
Cressida Dick said on Wednesday in a London briefing.
Youve had several issues in Australia recently and some ghastly
things as well. This is a problem for many, many countries and
cities around the world.
Given London residents diverse makeup, something Ms Dick says
makes it the global city, the number of foreign nationals caught up
in the attacks is unsurprising.
Queenslander Sara Zelenak, 21, and South Australian Kirsty
Boden, 28, were among eight people killed in the van and knife
attack on London Bridge in June.
Any police commissioner would have found policing a city hit by
five terror events in a year trying but the newly minted boss,
eight months into the role, appears to be taking it in her
Ms Dick took on the job in April just weeks after the deadly car
and knife attack at Westminster that left police officer Keith
Palmer, the attacker and four others dead.
The British capital would then endure what Prime Minister
Theresa May has described as a summer like no other, with two more
deadly attacks, including on London Bridge and on a west London
All up the UK has been hit by six terror attacks in 2017, the
others being the deadly Manchester bombing; a blast in a train
carriage at west Londons Parsons Green station; and a failed sword
attack on police at the gates of Buckingham Police.
It has been a ghastly set of events, Ms Dick said.
The UKs terror threat level remains at severe, meaning an attack
is highly likely, and was lifted to the highest critical level
twice over the summer, meaning a threat was expected
Ms Dick and the Met are keen to stress that it is a city safe
for the 9 million who call it home and its millions of annual
visitors, with nine serious plots disrupted since March.
In November, panic swept through one of the citys busiest
streets with police responding to reports of shots fired on Oxford
It was a false alarm but the panicked response from those on the
street and online highlighted a city on edge.
Social media can get things going very fast, Ms Dick said.
We are sober professionals and know nine out of 10 things either
wont have happened, or theyre not linked.
We are regarded as a world leader in the way we deal with
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