Britain is well equipped to prevent terrorist atrocities similar to those seen on the continent in recent weeks, but it remains a question of “when, not if” there is an attack, the Metropolitan police commissioner has said. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said he was hoping to offer reassurance following a number of attacks in France and Germany, but admitted that he was ultimately limited in doing so by the reality of the situation.
“I know that with each new outrage and especially those on our doorstep in Europe, there is a greater sense of fear that Britain will be the next victim in this wave of cruel and mindless mass murder,” he said.
“I feel and understand that fear and as the police officer in charge of preventing such an attack, [I] know that you want me to reassure you. I am afraid I cannot do that entirely. “Our threat level has been at severe for two years – it remains there. It means an attack is highly likely. You could say it is a case of when, not if.” …Read more