Richard Walton, the former had of counter-terrorism at the Metropolitan Police, has warned the EU must get tough on border control or risk encouraging even more atrocities. He says “clsoe the borders” because Europe’s Muslim migrant invasion puts the UK at risk of another Berlin-style terror attack.
He said: “Schengen poses a huge risk of terrorism, porous borders across mainland Europe are continuing to be exploited by ISIS (Islamic State).
“Europe’s weakness is our weakness, it is a concern for us because if you’re neighbours are insecure by definition. “We need European countries to get their act together. Sooner or later they are going to get across the Channel.” (Sooner or later? Um no, they are already there)
“They have a clear strategy and have set out to carry out attacks across mainland Europe.
Christmas markets will be protected by “rings of steel” this year as security is bolstered at events across Britain to prevent Berlin-style copycat terror attacks.
The Telegraph understands the Local Government Association has warned councils to be vigilant and has encouraged them to follow government guidance in protecting areas susceptible to mass casualty atrocities.
This includes installing obstructions such as concrete bollards in pedestrianised areas to prevent heavy vehicles driving into crowds of people – similar to the attack carried out in Germany’s capital last year, where 12 people died and a further 56 were injured.
Similar barriers were put in place on three of London’s bridges in the aftermath of June’s terror attack at London Bridge and Borough Market, where a van also left the road and drove into pedestrians.
In both instances, attackers were motivated by Islamic extremism and the revelation that councils in the UK are taking action raises fears that further terror attacks might be attempted.
Police forces have also suggested armed officers could be stationed around the perimeter of markets during festivities, depending on the terror threat level. Security may also carry out random bag searches.
MI5 says the current Islamic terror threat level in the UK is severe, meaning an attack is highly likely.