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Man arrested after threats to kill serving police officer

Counter terrorism officers tonight arrested a man in the west Midlands, after a threat was made to kidnap and kill a serving police officer.

The threat was phoned into force there overnight. New safety advice has now been given to its officers, who have been told not to wear uniforms when travelling to work.

ITV News UK Editor Rohit Kachroo reports:

Man held after threats made to West Midlands Police

A 31 year-old man has been arrested in connection with the investigation into threats made to West Midlands Police officers and staff yesterday.

Police said that the man was arrested at a property in the West Midlands by officers from the Counter Terrorism Unit, who are leading the investigation.

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Police attacks tip-off 'anonymous but credible'

West Midlands Police says the tip-off from a member of the public that led to a security alert last night came from an anonymous source but contained "credible information".

Assistant Chief Constable Garry Forsyth said the force had "acted swiftly to relay details to officers and remind them over the importance to remain vigilant."

He added that the information did not indicate any risk to the wider public and "there was no increased risk to people".

We took steps last night to ensure the safety of our officers and staff: some were held on duty at the end of their shifts whilst they were given the security reminder but at no time were officers taken off the streets.

– Assistant Chief Constable Garry Forsyth, West Midlands Police

Police insist it is 'business as usual' after security threat

Police chiefs have insisted that it is "business as usual" on the streets of the West Midlands, despite a serious threat to officers' safety which sparked a major security alert.

An anonymous tip-off overnight is believed to have exposed a plot to kidnap and kill a serving officer in Birmingham. Officers were kept on duty while a special security briefing was held.

An anonymous tip-off overnight is believed to have exposed a plot to kidnap and kill a serving officer in Birmingham. Credit: PA

Asst Ch Cons Garry Forsyth said the information was still being analysed, and refused to comment on the details of the tip-off.

All I would say is this is subject to a fast-moving and dynamic investigation by our counter-terrorism officers right now, so I won't comment on the specifics.

It's business as usual. You can be reassured that [officers] are out there - they are going about their normal daily business.

They're dealing with road traffic collisions, involved with safeguarding children and investigating serious crime, and that is happening now.

It is no different to any other Tuesday and it was no different last night to any other Monday.

– ACC Garry Forsyth, West Midlands Police

Met Police assessing 'threats to kill' West Midlands officer

The head of the Metropolitan Police has revealed his force is assessing threats which sparked a major security alert in the West Midlands to determine whether officers from other forces might be in danger.

Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said further guidance had not been given to Met officers at this stage, but confirmed he had spoken to the West Midlands Police chief constable to find out what the state of the threat was.

Once we've assessed it, we'll decide whether or not to give any further advice.

– Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

It comes after an anonymous tip-off reportedly exposed a plot to kidnap and kill a serving police officer in Birmingham.

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Security alert after 'threats to kidnap and kill police officer'

Threats to kidnap and kill a serving police officer in Birmingham were behind a major security alert in the West Midlands overnight, according to reports.

Additional security measures have now been implemented at the force, including issuing advice to officers about travelling to and from work in partial uniform, and security at police stations in the region.

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Police increase security after 'anonymous information'

West Midlands Police has implemented additional security measures after receiving anonymous information yesterday.

The force said the information, which is related to the safety of the police officers and staff, is currently being assessed. The national security threat remains at severe meaning a terrorist attack is highly likely.

West Midlands Police treat all information relating to matters of security extremely seriously.

In this particular case we have received information relating to the safety of West Midlands Police officers and police staff. There is nothing at this time to suggest there is an increased risk to members of the public.

We have taken the opportunity to remind all employees of the need to be vigilant. Our priority remains serving our communities and protecting them from harm. Officers remain on patrol and our staff continue to respond to calls for service as usual.

– Assistant Chief Constable Garry Forsyth

Police force increases security for officers after tip-off

West Midlands Police has increased security for its officers following an anonymous tip-off "relating to their safety".

Officers were held on duty overnight to be given a security reminder and staff were advised about safety when travelling home in partial uniform.

West Midlands Police has enforced security for its officers Credit: PA

Confirming the implementation of "additional security measures" the force said it is investigating the tip-off and takes information relating to matters of security "extremely seriously".

Asst Ch Cons Garry Forsyth, said:

In this particular case we have received information relating to the safety of West Midlands Police officers and police staff. There is nothing at this time to suggest there is an increased risk to members of the public.

We have taken the opportunity to remind all employees of the need to be vigilant. Our priority remains serving our communities and protecting them from harm.

Officers remain on patrol and our staff continue to respond to calls for service as usual.

– ACC Garry Forsyth, West Midlands Police
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West Midlands Police security threat: officers allowed to return home

Officers have been warned not to use public transport to return home Credit: PA Wire

ITV News has learned West Midlands Police officers have now been stood down and are allowed to return home.

Officers are back responding but have been told not to use public transport to go home tonight.

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