Following Friday's events in Paris that have left at least 132 dead, The Met Police have called on businesses to 'review their continuity plans and ensure their staff are trained to respond to incidents'.
The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) quoted Westminster Police saying: 'We cannot ignore the fact that we operate in crowded places which present as soft targets. Please be aware and report suspicious behaviour. Ensure your security staff are compliant around entry checks, left luggage etc. The more eyes we have on the ground the better.' The ALMR also referred businesses to a document entitled Counter Terrorism Protective Security Advice for Bars, Pubs and Nightclubs, from the National Counter Terrorism Security Office.
Met Police described the 'threat from International Terrorism to the United Kingdom' as severe, saying 'an attack is highly likely'.
Head of the Met Police, Sir Bernard Hogan Howe, said 'London and Paris are linked as two of the world's capital cities and we stand prepared to help in any way. My thoughts and those of the Met officers and staff are with Paris and men and woman whose job it is to deal with this horrific situation.'