Armed police on Felixstowe Promenade as Suffolk police set to decrease ‘visual presence’ after Manchester Arena attack

PUBLISHED: 06:38 30 May 2017 | UPDATED: 06:38 30 May 2017

Armed Police were seen on patrol on Felixstowe Prom on Bank Holiday Monday

Armed Police were seen on patrol on Felixstowe Prom on Bank Holiday Monday

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Armed police have been patrolling Felixstowe Promenade as part of stepped up policing following the terrorist attack on Monday last week.

Armed officers carrying sub-machine guns have been patrolling the seafront on Bank Holiday Monday.

The patrols are part of an increased “visual presence” in the wake of the terrorist attack on an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

The attack killed 22 people including children as young as eight, with so called Islamic State claiming responsibility.

Since then, armed officers have also been seen in towns such as Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds.

The terror threat was reduced from critical to severe on Saturday, but police committed to continuing the presence over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Suffolk Constabulary was due to return to usual policing levels yesterday evening.

However, Chief Constable Gareth Wilson said: “Rest assured, the threat level and our response are constantly under review. If we feel it necessary to deploy specially trained officers to areas of heightened risk again in the coming weeks we will.”

The news comes after Essex Police announced they have seen a rise in hate crime since the attack on Monday, May 22.

Yesterday they said they had arrested two men from Essex in connection with allegedly racist Twitter posts.

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