Terrorism New Year's Eve London terror threat leaves security services in capital on high alert
The capital is one of a number of major European cities on added guard after a 'friendly' intelligence service reportedly warned of a gun or bomb attack during festive celebrations London has been left on high alert amid fears Islamist militants are planning a terrorist strike on New Year's Eve.
Scotland Yard anti-terrorist police remain on a state of heightened alert and a total of 2,000 beat officers are patrolling the streets of London for the celebrations.
Officers had urged revellers to stay away from central London on New Year's Eve, although they stressed this was to prevent congestion and overcrowding rather than because of any terrorist threat.
However, revellers are advised to be "vigilant".
The capital is one of a number of major European cities on added guard after a 'friendly' intelligence service reportedly warned of a gun or bomb attack during festive celebrations.
Russian authorities warned the country's citizens to stay at home on New Year's Eve in order to remain safe.It comes after news that four regional armed police units could be created in the UK to deal with terror attacks, the Telegraph reports.
There are fears that their is not sufficient cover for dealing with such major incidents outside of London. Counter-terrorism chiefs are reportedly in talks with Theresa May, the Home Secretary, about the issue.
The idea is that the police units on standby around the clock in case an attack takes place.
There has reportedly been a doubling of the number of armed cops on London's streets at any one time following the Paris terror attacks.