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Londoners told to be 'vigilant' as New Years Eve approaches

SECURITY: Scotland Yard (Photo credit: PA)

ARMED POLICE will patrol London streets as part of a huge operation to protect people bringing in the New Year across the capital.

According to the Evening Standard, Scotland Yard have urged Londoners to be "vigilant" as they take to the streets to ring in 2018 following a "tragic" year for the capital.

The Met said it will be using vehicle barriers and has developed and reviewed a new policing plan after several terror attacks in 2017.

This comes after a number of incidents in the capital this year in Westminster, London Bridge, Borough and Finsbury Park.

Concrete barriers will be put in place to block traffic from crowds as hundreds of thousands are expected to gather and celebrate the New Year in central London.

A Met spokesman said: "The policing plan has been developed and reviewed following the tragic incidents that have occurred through the year.

“Whilst there is no specific threat to this event, we ask people to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to an officer or event staff.”

There will be “check and search points” throughout central London as part of the force’s planned operation for Sunday evening.

The Met said it will continue to work alongside Transport for London (TfL), British Transport Police (BTP) and Westminster Council to coordinate the fireworks event on the Thames.

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