Advice for individuals

The UK terrorist threat profile is constantly evolving. Below is a link to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) which highlights the current advice on travel abroad: Foreign travel advice - GOV.UK (

Travel to areas of conflict is just one of the threats faced by UK citizens as attacks have now taken place in Europe and the UK mainland. Attacks such as those on Westminster Bridge, Manchester Arena, and Finsbury Park have changed the profile of the terrorist threat we now face.

In response, we follows UK Home Office guidance when advising citizens on how to keep safe in the current climate.

What to do in the event of an incident

The short public information film, ‘Stay Safe: Firearms and Weapons Attack’, sets out the key options for keeping safe should the worst happen.

In short, if you find yourself at the scene of an incident the advice is to:

  • Run – to a place of safety. This is a better option than to surrender or negotiate. If there’s nowhere to go, then…
  • Hide – remember to turn off your phone to silent and turn off vibrate. Barricade yourself in if you can.
  • Tell – the police by calling 999 when it is safe to do so.

There is more information on ‘run, hide, tell’ here.

How can you help fight terrorism?

The police service is working tirelessly to confront the terrorist threat we all face. To do this we need your help.

We need to be alert, but not alarmed. We need you to be vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity to Lancashire Constabulary on 101 or to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 but in an emergency dial 999.

We want to hear from anyone who sees anything suspicious, whether it’s a vehicle, unattended package, or person. We advise you to rely on your instincts and if in doubt, it’s better to report it.

You can also email any non-urgent reports directly to us at Lancashire Constabulary: [email protected].

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