The King’s Coronation is taking place this Saturday 6 May, followed by a bonus bank holiday!
Many people across the UK will be using this long weekend and the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla to spend time with family and friends. And in many places across the UK whole communities will be celebrating together both at home and at public events.
Whilst we want you to have a fantastic time, whatever you choose to do, we also ask that you stay alert and be vigilant to anything that doesn’t seem right.
Our villages, towns and cities will all be a little bit busier than usual, so it’s important to look out for each other.
Superintendent Steve Riley, head of Counter Terrorism Policing in the East Midlands, said: “We are continuously monitoring the intelligence picture in support of this momentous event and are ready to react, where necessary. While there is no specific intelligence linked to the Coronation at this stage, the terrorist threat level in the UK remains at substantial, which means an attack is likely. Sadly, we know that crowded places and large events can be at increased risk and for that reason we need you to stay alert.
“If you see something that doesn’t seem right then please tell someone, you’re never wasting anyone’s time. If you’re at an organised event, speak to security or stewards, or if you’re just out and about, then contact your local police force.
“As we all celebrate together, let’s keep each other safe by staying alert and trusting your instincts.”
Always call 999 in an emergency. You can also report your concerns online at gov.uk/ACT – no click or call is ignored.
Every year Counter Terrorism Policing receive more than 10,000 reports from the public and around a fifth of those turn into intelligence useful to investigations. It is never a waste of time and your information could save lives.
We all have an important part to play in keeping our communities safe this bank holiday weekend.
Whatever you’re doing to celebrate, have a great long weekend!