Extra barriers installed around the Frankfurt Christmas Market in the City Centre.

West Midlands Police is supporting additional security measures which have been put in place by Birmingham City Council to bolster safety at Frankfurt Christmas Market in the City Centre.

Barriers have been installed on Temple Street and Bennetts Hill today (22/12) in addition to the concrete bollards that were put in place at a number of locations several weeks ago.

Barriers installed on Bennetts Hill today (22/12).

The extra measures have been brought in following consultation with the local authority, emergency services and local businesses after the attack at the Christmas market in Berlin on Monday (19/12).

The force is keen to stress that this additional security is not based on any new or emerging intelligence. The security threat level nationally remains unchanged at Severe meaning an attack is highly likely.

Superintendent Andy Parsons, from Birmingham Central police station, said: Suspicious activity is anything that seems out of place, unusual or just doesn’t seem to fit in with day-to-day life – Let us decide if it is important.

“We work tirelessly to counter terrorism. Our absolute priority is to ensure the safety and security of the people who live, work and visit the West Midlands area.

Our policing tactics and security measures are being reviewed on a daily basis – we have a dedicated police response in place for the market and we, along with our partners, are working around the clock to keep Birmingham and our other cities as safe as can be.

It is a busy time of year for the city and we want to ensure a safe and enjoyable time for everyone who visits over the festive period.”

As ever the public are urged to remain alert and not alarmed. Everyone is advised to be vigilant and to report any concerns to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. In an emergency, always dial 999.

(Image: Adele Robinson)

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