CHESHIRE police and other forces across the North West are supporting a regional campaign launched by the North West Counter Terrorism Unit by urging the public to be vigilant in the fight against terrorism.

This campaign is the latest phase of work by the NWCTU to raise public awareness about the threat from terrorism and encourages people working and living in the region to report any suspicious or unusual behaviour to the confidential anti-terrorist hotline 0800 789 321.

Chief Inspector Dave Blood, from the Cheshire police counter terrorism branch, said: “Recent events across the globe have highlighted the need to remain vigilant. The campaign is not linked to any current threat. However, the threat from international terrorism is very real and has in no way dissipated.

“Members of the public remain key to dealing with the threat of terrorism. Residents across Cheshire have the best knowledge of their communities and are more likely to notice any suspicious behaviour. Therefore, we are asking people to continue to be vigilant and to make a note of the anti-terrorist hotline number so they can report anything they think may be suspicious in their community.

“We are urging people to trust their instincts and pick up the phone – they could provide the crucial piece of information that can prevent terrorism.

“Individuals involved in terrorist activities can seek to exploit vulnerable people for extremist purposes and we all have a responsibility to stop that from happening. If you are concerned someone you know is acting differently or you notice a change in their behaviour, please contact the anti-terrorist hotline.”