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Brussels Terror Attacks: Police Step Up Patrols Across The UK

22/03/2016 11:51 GMT | Updated 22/03/2016 14:10 GMT

Police patrols in the UK will be stepped at “key locations” following the wave of terror attacks in Brussels.

Up to 34 people are feared dead in a series of blasts at Brussels Zaventem Airport and the Metro System.

Hours after the attacks, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, the national lead for Counter Terrorism Policing, announced extra police presences “as a precaution.”

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Ambulances arrive at the scene at Brussels Zaventem Airport 

He said the extra patrols would be deployed in locations including transport hubs to protect the public and provide reassurance.

“This is not in relation to any specific information or intelligence,” he added.

He continued: “In London specifically, the Metropolitan Police Service has mobilised additional officers, who will carry out highly visible patrols at key locations around the Capital including the transport network. The number of officers deployed will be regularly assessed. These additional officers are deployed as part of reassurance measures.

 “The police presence across London and the rest of the UK is constantly under review.

“We are in close liaison with the Belgium authorities and will continue to monitor the situation.

“The threat to the UK from international terrorism remains at severe as it has been since August 2014, meaning an attack is highly likely.

“We urge the public and businesses to be alert but not alarmed and report anything suspicious to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. In an emergency always call 999.”

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    In this photo provided by Ralph Usbeck an unidentified traveller runs in a smoke filled terminal at Brussels Airport, in Brussels after explosions Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Authorities locked down the Belgian capital on Tuesday after explosions rocked the Brussels airport and subway system, killing a number of people and injuring many more. Belgium raised its terror alert to its highest level, diverting arriving planes and trains and ordering people to stay where they were. Airports across Europe tightened security. (Ralph Usbeck via AP)
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    People comfort each other after being evacuated from Brussels airport, after explosions rocked the facility in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday March 22, 2016. Authorities locked down the Belgian capital on Tuesday after explosions rocked the Brussels airport and subway system, killing at least 13 people and injuring many more. Belgium raised its terror alert to its highest level, diverting arriving planes and trains and ordering people to stay where they were. Airports across Europe tightened security. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
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