Armed Officers on patrol over festive period

30 November 2018, 09:10 | Updated: 30 November 2018, 09:14

Devon and Cornwall police Supt Nikki Leaper

Armed police officers will be patrolling Devon, Cornwall and Dorset through December.

The Devon and Cornwall and Dorset police alliance say officers will be visibly carrying long-armed weapons to help offer further security and reassurance during this busy time of the year. 

It's something they did last year, at busy events, to keep people safe.

Head of Alliance Specialist Operations Superintendent Nikki Leaper said:“I want to reassure the public that there is no increase in the threat level, nor is there any specific threat within Devon, Cornwall or Dorset. 

"However, the festive period leads to significant events and crowded places where this additional level of support could be beneficial to local policing teams across the alliance area.

She says the response from the public last year was really positive.

If we see armed officers, we're being encouraged to go and say hello.

If you see anything suspicious then tell officers or event organisers. 

You can contact police on 101, or in the case of an emergency dial 999. 

You can also get in touch to report anything suspicious confidentially via or 0800 789 321.”