Met boss: Armed troops allow more police to patrol the streets

Armed troops have been stationed around Parliament to free up armed police to patrol the streets in the wake of the Manchester bomb attack.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick joined Major General Ben Bathurst, Joint Military Commander for London, to visit troops stationed around Westminster, which was closed to the public today following Monday's attack, reports itv news.

Ms Dick would not specify how long the troops would remain but expressed her thanks to the armed forces for their support.

After the terrible events in Manchester, the raising of the threat level to critical, as you know, we have been granted military support.

The military are here and a number of locations in London in order to allow us, the police, to put more armed officers on the streets to support the public, and to protect the public and to protect events.

As soon as we no longer need our military colleagues, we will be saying so and we hope that the threat level will reduce from critical.

When it does, clearly there will be a de-escalation requirement for military colleagues but I am not going to put a timescale on that.

– CRESSIDA DICK, MET POLICE COMMISSIONER

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