Prince William vows to attend tomorrow night’s match between England and France ‘in show of solidarity’ as armed police are ordered to guard Wembley
- Armed police have been ordered by Whitehall to ‘take swift action to neutralise terrorists rather than to cordon and negotiate’
- Special forces have been sent to London’s landmarks and tourist spots
- It follows the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night – the co-ordinated attacks have left 129 dead and 352 injured – 99 of which are critical
- Seven terrorists killed themselves using suicide belts while another was shot dead by police at the Bataclan gig where 89 people were slaughtered
Prince William has vowed to attend tomorrow night’s friendly game between England and France at Wembley in a show of solidarity with the French people.
A royal source confirmed the Duke of Cambridge will attend the match in his role as FA president as anti-terror chiefs announced that armed police will be deployed at the match.
Deputy assistant commander Peter Terry from the Met’s Specialist Crime and Operations unit said officers will be on duty to protect the 90,000-seater stadium, with all supporters subjected to thorough security searches at the gates.
Fans have been warned to arrive early ahead of the 7.45pm game as extra checks mean it will take them longer to get to their seats.
The news came as it was revealed that Britain’s special forces have been given orders to shoot to kill if jihadi gunmen launch a Paris-style attack in the UK.
Prince William has vowed to attend tomorrow night’s friendly game in a show of solidarity with the French people
Armed police have been ordered by Whitehall to ‘take swift action to neutralise terrorists, rather than to cordon and negotiate’ with them in a major strategy switch.
Thousands of soldiers are on standby to be deployed at a moments notice to back up armed police if jihadist gunmen corner a large number of people in a British siege.
Meanwhile, special forces have been deployed to some of the capital’s landmarks and busiest spots in the aftermath of the Paris atrocities.
Deputy assistant commander Terry said: ‘We’ve reassessed what security we think we need for tomorrow night’s occasion, which will of course be a fairly sombre occasion especially considering who we’re playing.’
Mr Terry said no specific threat had been made against the match but asked fans to be the police’s ‘eyes and ears’.
He urged supporters who notice anything of concern to approach their nearest police officer, ring the counter-terrorism hotline or call 999.
Speaking outside Scotland Yard’s headquarters, Mr Terry said: ‘People travelling to and from the ground will see additional police officers at transport modes, they will see additional police officers on the walk up Olympic Way to the stadium, and in and around the stadium they will see armed officers, which is something they wouldn’t normally see.
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