Saturday, July 30, 2016

Churches in UK put on alert after attack in Rouen

From The Church Times-

WHILE prayers and condemnation flooded in from faith leaders after a priest was killed in an attack in a church in Rouen on Tuesday morning, police urged churches in the UK to review their security.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council confirmed that it had circulated its “protective security advice” to the estimated 47,000 churches in the UK.

The Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Neil Basu, said that although there was “no specific intelligence” of attacks against the Christian community in the UK, “following recent events in France, we are reiterating our protective security advice to Christian places of worship and have circulated specific advice. . . This is part of our ongoing work with faith organisations, as well as other sectors, to help ensure the safety and security of their staff, visitors and members.”

A spokesman for Church House confirmed the advice, which he said urged churches to be “alert not alarmed”. It comes as the Home Office announced £2.4 million in funding to bolster security in places of worship.

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