Protests planned – Sat 24 January

Source MPS Bulletin – 20th January 2015 via CSSC

Occupy Democracy Protest – Parliament Square

Saturday 24th January 2015.

There is a planned protest by the group Occupy Democracy, who intend to continue their demonstration by returning to Parliament Square for a fourth time on Saturday 24th January 2015 at 15.00.

The duration of the event is from 15.00 finishing at 20.00. 

It is anticipated that approximately 50 people will take part. 

This may result in an increase in noise levels and footfall in and around the immediate area.  

There is also a planned gathering and then march and rally by the CND. This will commence at Horseguards Avenue outside the Ministry of Defence building and then proceed via Whitehall, Parliament Square and Old Palace Yard to Abingdon Street. Anticipated numbers are around 1,500. 

There is a proportionate policing plan in place to deal with both events. There will be Police Liaison Officers on duty throughout the events that will be linking in and engaging with the demonstrators. 

Please see the attached link for details should you encounter a protest in or near to your building.

In an emergency call 999
For non emergencies call 101
For the Anti Terrorist Hotline call 0800 789 321

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Moorgate / Coleman St incident – resolved

The police incident near Coleman Street has now been resolved. All police cordons have now been lifted. Source City of London Police.

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City of London – Moorgate area

Police are currently dealing with an incident requiring Police Cordons near Coleman Street.

Cordons have been implemented at London Wall/Moorgate and Surrounding roads.

Advise staff to keep away from the area . Please invoke security procedures as necessary. Update to follow. Do not contact police at this time. City of London Police

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Strike – London Fire Brigade 17 January 2015

On Saturday the 17th January London Fire Brigade will be holding strike action that will last for 8 hours.

Below is a list of incidents that will be responded to during the action, as well as a list of incidents that will not be responded to.

Firefighters will attend:
Serious fires – like those in Londoners’ homes – confirmed by a 999 call.
Vehicle fires or boat fires.
Fire that involve gas cylinders or hazardous substances.
Fires at railway stations and rail and road tunnels or fires involving people in underground tunnels.
Aircraft or train crashes.
Road traffic collisions.
Collapsed structures.

Firefighters may not be able to attend:
Grass fires and other outdoor fires such as trees, hedges or undergrowth alight.
Rubbish fires (including in bins and skips) and fires on open ground.
Leakages and spillages of petrol and other flammable liquids (these will be referred to Local Authorities).
Large animal rescues (these will be referred to the RSPCA).
People shut in lifts (owners of buildings are responsible for ensuring arrangements are in place to release people from faulty lifts).
Automatic fire alarms – a fire engine will only be sent when the fire has been confirmed by a 999 call.

More information can be sourced from the London Fire Brigade website:

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David Cameron comment – Paris attack

David Cameron has vowed that Britain will “never give up” the values of freedom of speech as he pledged to stand “absolutely united” with France after the Charlie Hebdo attack. The Prime Minister said he had offered the support of the UK’s intelligence agencies to help track the attackers during a phone call to French President François Hollande.

He also suggested that Britain’s threat level could rise from “severe” to “critical” – its highest rating – in the wake of the attack as the Metropolitan Police reviewed what actions should be taken. Mr Cameron was speaking at a Downing Street press conference alongside Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, who said the pair had shared a “moving moment with President Hollande while discussing the attack.

“Angela and I have spoken to François Hollande this afternoon and offered our full support and any assistance our intelligence agencies can give to the French at this vital time,” Mr Cameron said. “We stand absolutely united with the French people against terrorism and against this threat to our values – free speech, the rule of law, democracy. It’s absolutely essential we defend those values today and every day.”

The Prime Minister said the type of attack witnessed in Paris today was different to other “home grown” terrorist incidents in Britain and said the Met Police and intelligence agencies will be “looking very carefully” at the threat alert. The COBRA emergency response committee will be convened in London tomorrow to consider the UK response to the Paris attack.

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Paris shooting

Link to Guardian media article

This incident occurred around midday.

There are reports of 11 dead after three hooded gunmen armed with Kalashnikovs attacked the headquarters of one of France’s most celebrated satirical magazines.

The three men – who a police union spokesman described as “commandos” – walked into the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris’s 11th arrondissement at about midday on Wednesday and began firing.

The death toll includes at least five journalists and one police officer.

Rocco Contento, a spokesman for the Unite police union, said “it was a real butchery” in the building. He said the Charlie Hebdo offices were guarded and protection had been increased in recent weeks because of increased threats against the magazine but the attackers had entered the building intending to kill.

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Foreign Office travel warning to British Nationals

Please consider sharing the following information with tenants, that conduct foreign travel.

The government regularly reviews and updates its travel advice to make sure it provides the most up to date information and advice for British nationals. Given coalition action in Syria and Iraq and the threat to countries involved, we have decided today to update our travel advice to reflect this.

The government is adding the following information and advice to all of its travel advice pages:

There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.

This change is being made to travel advice globally in response to the generalised threat. The government will continue to reflect any specific credible threats in travel advice in the usual way.

Link to Foreign and Commonwealth Office website:

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