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Friday 18 August 2017

Officials' advice on what to do if you find yourself caught up in a terror attack

Armed police officers walk near Borough Market after an attack left 7 people dead and dozens injured in London, Britain, June 4, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Armed police officers walk near Borough Market after an attack left 7 people dead and dozens injured in London, Britain, June 4, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Rebecca Lumley

The Metropolitan Police have issued advice on what to do in the event of a terrorist attack, following the events at London Bridge last night which saw seven people killed and a further 48 injured.

Police have advised taking a “run, hide, tell” approach, encouraging people to escape the scene and find refuge before calling the emergency services.

In conjunction, The National Counter Terrorism Security Office (Nactso) published advice on what to do in a gun and bomb attack. They say:

  • Run to a place of safety. This is a better option than to surrender or negotiate.
  • If there's nowhere to go, then hide. Turn your phone to silent and turn off vibrate. Barricade yourself in if you can.
  • When it is safe to do so, tell the police by calling 999.

If it is possible to escape the scene, Natsco advise people to “insist others leave with you" and "leave belongings behind".

Police entering a bar in London, Britain, June 3, 2017, telling people to get down in this screen grab from video.
Police entering a bar in London, Britain, June 3, 2017, telling people to get down in this screen grab from video.

In the event that escape routes are cut off, officials advise finding cover from the gunfire behind "substantial brickwork or heavy reinforced walls" as "cover from view does not mean you are safe, bullets go through glass, brick, wood and metal".

After finding a hiding place, victims are advised to "be quiet, silence your phone" and barricade themselves in before phoning the emergency services, when they must report their location, the number of casualties and the nature of the incident that has occurred.

People leave the area after an incident near London Bridge in London, Britain June 4, 2017 REUTERS/Neil Hall
People leave the area after an incident near London Bridge in London, Britain June 4, 2017 REUTERS/Neil Hall

Nactso advise businesses to develop procedures for what they call a “dynamic lockdown”, where they can barricade the premises from attackers.

Many people fled violent scenes at both London Bridge and Borough Market last night, as three attackers stormed the central-London hotspots.

Attackers ploughed through pedestrians as they careened over London Bridge, before stabbing a number of people on Borough High Street. They claimed the lives of 7 people, leaving 48 more injured.

Police arrived at the scene shortly after the attack was reported and all attackers were shot dead.

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