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'Small number' of Brits may have been caught up in Paris attacks

Officials have confirmed the safety of many British citizens in Paris but are concerned that "a small number of British nationals have been caught up in the attack", Downing Street said.

Additional consular staff and a Metropolitan Police team have been deployed to help the French authorities, Number 10 said in a statement following an emergency COBR meeting on the attacks.

It added that the Foreign Office had handled around 400 calls overnight, and said its embassy in Paris was "working urgently with the French authorities to find out more".

Ministers reviewed the UK security situation and decided to maintain the threat level at severe, a spokesperson said.

“The police have stepped up their security measures on a precautionary basis and UK border force are working with their French counterparts in light of the tighter border controls in France," they said.

The statement added that David Cameron had spoken to French President Francois Hollande by phone and expressed his "profound condolences".

They agreed to further enhance the close co-operation and information-sharing between the UK and France to ensure we are doing all we can to identify and stop those who threaten us, whether in Syria and Iraq or closer to home. They agreed to stay in touch in the coming days as more information emerges.

– Downing Street spokesperson

London Irish fans hold silence for Paris victims ahead of rugby match against French side Agen in Reading

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Dozens of British Muslim leaders say they are 'appalled' by Paris terror attacks

Dozens of British Muslim leaders have signed a letter saying they are 'appalled' and 'profoundly saddened' by the terror attacks in Paris.

We are profoundly saddened by the loss of innocent lives in Paris, and our deepest condolences are with the family and friends of the victims, and the French nation.

Britons of all backgrounds, of every faith, every denomination, and none, are horrified by what we have learned, and are determined that those who seek to divide our diverse and peaceful communities in Europe will not succeed.

There is no justification for murder, and all British faith communities agree that those who commit acts of violence cannot do so in the name of any faith. Any such claim is illegitimate.

British Muslim communities are equally appalled by the violence, and angered by those who commit abhorrent acts in the name of religion. The perpetrators do not represent us; their views are perverse and self-serving.

We urge all communities in Britain and France to stand firm with compassion and solidarity. We must not let these terrorists divide us, otherwise the terrorists will win. Let us not play into their divisive narrative, and instead show them that people of all faiths and none can live peacefully, together.

Like the terrorists who want to divide communities, there will be some in the days ahead who will try to use this atrocity to attack innocent people. We equally reject their intentions.

It is evil people who do evil things; such acts will only increase our resolve to remain united.

– The letter

The letter was signed by MPs, campaigners, journalists, athletes and Imams.

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Foreign Office travel advice for Britons in Paris

Members of the public who have been directly affected by the incidents in Paris, or who are concerned about family members and friends who may be directly affected can call the Foreign and Commonwealth on 020 7008 0000.

– Foreign & Commonwealth Office website

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Paris attacks: English clubs to hold minute's silence

English football clubs are to hold a minute's silence this weekend following the Paris terror attacks.

The Football League said the silence would take place before all matches as "a mark of respect to those that lost their lives last night" and "as a show of solidarity with the people of France".

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Security to be heightened at UK ports and major events

There will be a heightened police presence at UK ports and major events over the coming days in response to Paris attacks, the Metropolitan Police has said.

Security is being stepped up at UK ports and major events Credit: PA

Mark Rowley, assistant commissioner for specialist operations in London, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We are strengthening our policing stance across the country at the moment".

We've made some small changes. People may notice a little change at ports. People may notice some changes at events in big cities across the country - extra police officers, extra checks, extra vigilance from the police.

– Metropolitan Police assistant commissione

He also said the UK's official terror threat level was already at "highly likely" - the second highest it can be - and he expected the Cobra meeting called by Prime Minister David Cameron to consider raising it further.

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