Armed police patrol Skegness seafront after Manchester terrorist bombing

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Armed police have been deployed to Skegness seafront in response to the suicide bombing at Manchester Arena earlier this week.

An increased visible police presence has been noticeable since the UK terrorism threat level was raised from severe to critical, meaning a further attack could be imminent.

Armed officers have also been seen in Lincoln throughout the day.

While the army is on stand-by, armed police officers have been patrolling Lincoln High Street and the Brayford Pool area.

Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Bill Skelly said earlier today: “People in Lincolnshire can expect to see more officers on the streets, more routine checks and patrols will be taking place and, quite simply, you can expect that those officers will be around for you to approach if you have any concerns or if you need any information.

“Some of those officers will be armed. If you’ve ever been to a big event in the county or anything large scale and pre-planned, then you’ll be used to seeing officers carrying firearms; this is a necessary response to the events of the last few days.

“At the moment you won’t see soldiers on our streets. Military capability is there if we need it and, if we do, will be in accordance with a well-considered plan.

“I understand people will be anxious and concerned and I want to reassure everyone that we are well prepared. There are a number of events planned across the county coming up which people might be worried about. We are working with organisers to ensure those events are as safe and secure as possible and we hope that you are still able to go and enjoy them.”

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