31-Year-Old Arrested After Alleged Threat Made To West Mids Officers

9 December 2014, 18:21

A man has been arrested by West Midlands counter-terror police investigating threats made to officers.

Bosses at West Midlands Police called their officers and staff in to special briefings overnight and security measures were stepped up after the force received an anonymous tip-off.

A 31-year-old man was arrested today at a property in the West Midlands.

He was taken into custody by officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, which is leading the investigation.

Police would not confirm the specific details of the case, but did not deny reports that there had been a threat to kidnap and kill a police officer.

Officers and staff with West Midlands Police were called in to special briefings by their bosses overnight and security measures stepped up after the force received an anonymous tip-off.

Earlier Assistant Chief Constable Garry Forsyth said the force takes any threat to its officers' safety seriously but added that it is "business as usual''.

He said: "We take any information in relation to the security of our staff and the public very seriously.

"It's really important to stress there is no information we've received that indicates any threat to the public, and this relates purely to officers and staff.

"We've taken appropriate measures to ensure our staff have the information they need to continue to provide the business they do, day in and day out.

"But in terms of specific information that's not something I'll talk about in detail.''

The briefings advised officers not to come to work or go off shift in uniform, and also included a reminder about basic police station security measures.

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