Police have stepped up security at key locations across the UK in the wake of the deadly attacks in Brussels.
British prime minister David Cameron warned that Britain faces “a very real terror threat” announcing extra patrols at ports, airports, tube stations and major railway stations.
Mark Rowley, the UK’s national police counter terrorism chief, said that increased police activity in the UK was a precaution.
“As a precaution forces across the UK have increased policing presence at key locations, including transport hubs, to protect the public and provide reassurance. This is not in relation to any specific information or intelligence.”
The BBC reports:
Prime Minister David Cameron chaired an emergency Cobra meeting to determine the UK’s response to the explosions, and said Britain would do everything it could to help the Belgian authorities.
“These are appalling and savage terrorist attacks and I’ve just spoken to the prime minister of Belgium to give our sympathies and our condolences to the Belgian people,” Mr Cameron said.
“They could just as well be attacks in Britain or in France or Germany, or elsewhere in Europe and we need to stand together against these appalling terrorists and make sure they can never win.”
He said the UK faced a “very real terror threat”, and the UK authorities were continuing to review information coming in – and would raise the terror threat level if there was information of a direct threat.
The UK terror threat level has been at “severe” since August 2014, meaning an attack is highly likely.
Confirming that one Briton was injured, a spokeswoman for the prime minister said: “We don’t have confirmation of any other casualties – or, for the worst, fatalities – at this stage but details are still emerging, so that picture and that information could change.”
Police in the UK have appealed for any UK nationals who were in Brussels and may have images or footage of the incidents to come forward and assist the investigation.
They have set up a website where images and videos can be uploaded.