Armed police to travel on the Tube for the first time

Armed police to travel on the Tube for the first time ever on New Year's Eve

Armed police will travel on London Underground trains for the first time ever on New Year’s Eve, it has been revealed.

Armed British police officers maintain their usual patrol outside St Pancras international railway station in London, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. Police in London are stepping up patrols at transport hubs after a stabbing at Leytonstone underground station in which a man brandishing a knife reportedly said, "This is for Syria." The incident comes just days after Parliament approved British airstrikes on Islamic State group targets in Syria. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Firearms patrols which are routinely deployed at mainline train stations in London are to use the Tube to travel between jobs for the first time in a move to counter the terror threat and to reassure the public.

British Transport Police also announced that extra armed officers would be on duty at train and Tube stations across the capital as revellers welcome in the New Year.

Scotland Yard announced on Wednesday that 3,000 officers would patrol the capital’s streets as hundreds of thousands of people flock to watch the Mayor’s firework display.

BTP said in a statement: “New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest nights of the year for the emergency services and we will have officers deployed at train and tube stations across the country to provide a safe environment for all those travelling and working.

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