Britain to bolster security on election day in light of terror attack

Source: Xinhua| 2017-06-07 05:47:43|Editor: yan
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LONDON, June 6 (Xinhua) -- Britain will ramp up security at polling stations during June 8 general election in light of the recent London terror attack, British media reported Tuesday.

An increased police presence across the country is expected as people cast their votes.

Britain's safety measures are being reviewed after the London Bridge attack on Saturday which left seven people dead and 48 injured.

A spokesman for the National Counter Terrorism Policing headquarter said security around polling stations "is constantly reviewed and updated" by local police forces.

Westminster City Council said it has a "range of measures in place to ensure the safety of voters at the polls across the city," while West Midlands Police said there will be an increase in patrol in some of the voting areas.

Essex Police's Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh encouraged people to go out and vote. "When you see this type of vile challenge on our lifestyle, more than ever, people need to go out there and vote. We will do our very best to try and keep them safe," he told local media.

BBC quoted the security expert Michael Fuller as saying that there is a "significant risk" of polling stations being targeted.

About 50,000 polling stations across the United Kingdom will open to millions of voters on Thursday.