Up to 5,000 British ready for UK streets following terror attack (VIDEO+PHOTOS)
By Chris Eger
In the wake of a bombing that claimed the lives of 22 people, British Prime Minister Teresa May has activated Operation Temperer, deploying armed troops in the largest show of force since World War II.
In a press conference following the terror bombing of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, May disclosed that it is the assessment of the nation’s Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre that the potential for further attacks is not only “highly likely, but that a further attack may be imminent.”
At the request of police to the Secretary of State for Defence to deploy armed military personnel in support of increased numbers of armed law enforcement, May announced on Tuesday the long-standing Temperer plan has been put into effect for the first time.
“This means that armed police officers responsible for duties such as guarding key sites will be replaced by members of the armed forces, which will allow the police to significantly increase the number of armed officers on patrol in key locations,” May said. “You might also see military personnel deployed at certain events, such as concerts and sports matches, helping the police to keep the public safe. In all circumstances, members of the armed forces who are