Police patrols at polling stations

A police officer is stationed outside a polling station
A police officer is stationed outside a polling station

High visibility police patrols will be visiting polling stations across St Helens throughout the day and night to reassure members of the public.

Chief Superintendent Dave Charnock said: “I would like to reassure everyone in Merseyside that their safety is paramount and there is currently no specific threat to any particular locations or areas on Merseyside.

“I want to thank the public for their continued support and can assure them of our ongoing commitment to keeping the streets of Merseyside safe.

“We have reviewed our resources as part of a range of measures to reassure communities and make sure we are well protected during these dangerous times.

“Police officers will, as always, be vigilant and we will maintain a visible presence in and around key locations, with support from armed response officers, who have been providing a reassuring presence in the last two weeks in our communities.” Police are remaining the public to remain vigilant and in an emergency should always call 999. Any reports of suspicious behaviour or activity can be made to the anti-terrorist hotline 0800 789 321.

A force spokesman said: “For further information about reporting suspicious behaviour visit https://act.campaign.gov.uk/. If you get caught up in the rare event of a weapons attack we urge you to follow the Run, Hide, Tell advice.

“The latest guidance on recognising the terrorist threat and remaining vigilant can be accessed via www.nactso.gov.uk.”