New Year: Armed police on the tube for the first time

Firearms patrols which are routinely at mainline train stations in London are now using the Tube to travel between stops to counter terror threats in the tube.

The British Transport Police have announced that extra armed officers would be on duty during the new year’s celebrations around the capital’s stations.

It is expected more than 3,000 officers would be on the streets for 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.

“In order to provide further reassurance, we will be extending our regular armed patrols and specialist support – which was also the case last New Year’s Eve.

“You may now regularly see armed officers on the London Underground but they’re just using the tube to get around on their regular patrols.”

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