Sussex Police say we shouldn’t be alarmed following the terror attack in Berlin earlier this week.
A Force spokesperson said, “We have detailed plans for protecting the public over the Christmas and New Year period. These already recognise the UK threat level is Severe, which has been in place since 2014, meaning an attack is highly likely.
“As expected this time of year, our public places in Surrey and Sussex are busy with shoppers and those enjoying the social elements of Christmas. We continue to work with partner agencies to review the safety of our communities to ensure the most appropriate security is in place.
“Our advice to the public is to be alert but not alarmed. We ask everyone to remain vigilant and to report any concerns to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321, in an emergency always dial 999.
“As a matter of routine, and as a precaution, we review our plans following attacks overseas. We are doing so at present following the incident in Berlin and our thoughts are with all involved.
“We already have firearms officers out across the county as part of routine patrols. We are not going into further details for operational reasons.
“We also deploy resources to certain events based on a threat and risk assessment. Again, we don't go into further details for operational reasons.”