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article imageMan arrested after threats to kill West Midlands police officer

By Kev Hedges     Dec 10, 2014 in World
Police have arrested a 31-year-old man in connection with threats to kidnap and kill any serving police officer in the West Midlands force of the United Kingdom.
Officers connected to the force's anti-terrorist unit swooped on the West Midlands man on Tuesday afternoon. The threat came about after the police force went public and said it had received an "anonymous but credible" tip-off. It was from this point that the force started to take the threat very seriously.
An alert was sent out to all staff, serving police officers and anyone connected to the West Midlands police. On Monday and Tuesday, serving officers were even told to not wear uniform when they were travelling into work or going home from duty. The staff were first alerted on Monday night just moments after receiving the tip-off.
Senior officers at the force chose to go public on this threat, in an attempt to warn those threatening to kill that the police are fully aware of such a plot. The BBC's Midlands correspondent, Peter Wilson, spoke to some officers in the force on Tuesday and they told him it "was just business as usual."
There are more than 7,000 serving police in the West Midlands and one report, in the UK Mail Online, said that a female police officer was considered as one possible target, to get as much shock factor as possible.
In London, the Metropolitan Police Chief, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe revealed that he is considering tightening up on security measures for its force in the capital.
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