Businesses would perhaps be wise to review their emergency response plans with regards to the terrorism risk in the UK, given new stats from the Home Office showing that there were 379 arrests made for terrorism-related offences in the year to June 2017.
This represents a rise of 68 per cent on the previous year, when 226 arrests were made. These latest statistics include the 23 arrests made connected to the Manchester terrorist attack, the 12 in connection with the Westminster Bridge and Westminster Palace attack, the 21 connected to the London Bridge incident, and the one arrest made connected to the Finsbury Park Mosque attack.
Stops and searches have also been on the rise, with 646 carried out by the Metropolitan Police Service during the timeframe, a hike of 17 per cent on the 552 conducted in the previous year. And as of June 30th, there were 204 people in custody for terrorism-related offences, a 35 per cent climb on the previous year. Some 91 per cent held Islamist extremist views, five per cent with far right-wing ideologies and four per cent with other ideologies.
Just last week (September 14th), a terrorist incident has been declared in west London after an explosion took place on a tube carriage at Parsons Green underground station. According to the Guardian and NHS England, 22 people are now receiving treatment at local London hospitals, as well as at an urgent care centre, although none are thought to be in a life-threatening or serious condition.
Commuters reported hearing a big bang and seeing a fireball go flying down the tube carriage early this morning. Pictures supposedly from the train carriage show flames coming out of a carrier bag with a white bucket inside.
This is the fourth terrorist incident here in the UK this year, with the threat level remaining at severe – which means that an attack on British soil is still highly likely.
Assistant Met police commissioner Mark Rowley was quoted by the news source as saying: “We now assess that this was a detonation of an improvised explosive device.” He went on to add that the majority of those with injuries were thought to have suffered flash burns.
Focusing on the delivery of your emergency planning, risk prevention and response is a must at this time, given the terrorism threats we now face on a daily basis. You need to ensure your organisation is as prepared as it can be to handle incidents, whatever they are, respond to emergencies, maintain your business assets and increase the levels of competency within your team.
Your plans should cover business contingency matters like incidents and emergencies, flood, fire, adverse weather conditions, loss of power, leaks and substance spillages, and external threats like packages and terrorism.
If you need any assistance or advice, make sure you get in touch with us here at HFR Solutions CIC today.