UK grants new funding for counter-terrorism policing

The UK Government has granted £24m in additional funding to support counter-terrorism policing efforts.

The extra funding will be used by the Metropolitan Police and Greater Manchester Police to strengthen protective security measures in crowded places and protect the public from the specific threat of vehicles being used as weapons.

The police services will also use the funding to assist with their response to the terrorist threats and help meet costs relating to the recent attacks.

The new funding follows after the recent explosion in Parsons Green tube station, which injured 30 people.

UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “We have seen several devastating terrorist attacks in quick succession this year, most recently in Parsons Green, and the police have responded to this challenge outstandingly.

“The threat we face from terrorism is becoming more complex and diverse.

“That is why we are reviewing our counter-terrorism strategy to ensure the authorities have the powers they need to halt terrorist activity and why, today, I have announced £24m of additional support for counter-terrorism policing this year.

“I am grateful to the police, and security services, for all they are doing to keep us safe.”

The funding is in addition to £707m already announced to support counter-terrorism policing in 2017/18, which includes £633m resource funding and £42m capital funding.

Additionally, a further £32m will be provided for armed policing from the police transformation fund.

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