Armed officers in London could double in the wake of the Paris terror attacks

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The Met Police Commissioner wants to double the number of armed officers in London in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe says expects to cut 5,000 officers from his 32,000-strong force to cope with austerity cuts likely to total £800 million over four years.

But, he moved to reassure Londoners that the number of firearms officers in the capital is being reviewed following the killings across Paris in which 129 people were killed.

He said London was proud to be one of few mostly unarmed forces around the world; however, the Paris attacks showed the need for change.

Armed police at St Pancras International Station Credit: PA Wire