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Armed police to patrol London on New Year's Eve amid terror attack fears
There will be armed police on patrol in London on New Year’s Eve (Picture: PA)

There’s going to be a heavy police presence in London on New Year’s Eve.

It will consist of armed police, dog units and vehicle barriers, the Met police confirmed.

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The UK is on high alert after it was hit by four major terrorist incidents in 2017, which left may people dead.

Superintendent Nick Aldworth said: ‘The policing plan has been developed and reviewed following the tragic incidents that have occurred through the year.

‘Whilst there is no specific threat to this event, we ask people to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to an officer or event staff.

‘We will have the right response of officers at the right locations; this will be a mix of overt and covert officers deployed, as well as dogs, and the use of CCTV and automatic number plate recognition.’

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Armed police to patrol London on New Year's Eve amid terror attack fears
Fireworks light up the sky over the London Eye in central London during the New Year celebrations (Picture: PA)

Security was already high in places such as London, Manchester and Birmingham over the last few years but this year police are stepping it up.

Around 100,000 ticket-holders will watch the New Year’s Eve firework display from the bank of the River Thames on Sunday.

They’ll be 3,000 police officers on duty trying to keep everyone safe.

Scotland Yard advised people without a ticket for the sold-out event to stay at home and watch it from there.

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Armed police to patrol London on New Year's Eve amid terror attack fears
Revellers watch the fireworks display from the Embankment in central London (Picture: PA)

A spokeswoman for London mayor Sadiq Khan added: ‘The safety of Londoners is the mayor’s number one priority.

‘He and his team are in close contact with the Metropolitan Police, TfL and other key agencies, and we have appropriate plans for security in place.

‘Of course we encourage everyone coming to the event to be vigilant and to report anything of concern to a steward or police officer.’

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