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Armed officers patrol Birmingham ahead of Christmas Market

Armed officers in Birmingham City Centre Photo: West Midlands Police

Armed police officers have begun patrolling parts of Birmingham city centre ahead of the arrival of the Frankfurt Christmas market.

Officers have been carrying out checks at a number of locations ahead of the market which begins on 16 November.

West Midlands Police say the patrols are aimed at keeping the public safe and not as a result of any specific threat or intelligence.

These checks are to offer reassurance to our communities and those who plan to attend our world famous Christmas market.

Officers will be stopping vehicles and pedestrians during the afternoon and evening, this will continue throughout the festive season. There will be a mixture of armed, unarmed and plain clothes officers patrolling the city. If you see them, please feel free to talk to them and say hello – this is your police service and they are here to keep you safe.

We remain hugely grateful for the overwhelming public support shown to our officers and their mission to prevent crime.

It is really important that we tackle all crime together so if you see something or hear anything suspicious, we need to know so we can try to do something about it.

– Supt Andy Parsons, West Midlands Police