Meadowhall Terrorism Drill Cements Awareness Of Terror Threat
South Yorkshire Police have warned residents that the terror threat still remains severe as they carried out a huge training exercise overnight at Meadowhall.
A group of special firearm officers acted out the role of terrorists and stormed the Meadowhall shopping centre carrying out a fake terror act. The pretend attackers set of simulation explosives along with open firing on 850 volunteers using simulation firearms to test the emergency services response teams.
The Deputy Chief Constable said that the simulation and training exercise had been realistic, complete with casualties but the pretend terrorists were nullified.
Similar operations have been carried out across the country, including at the Trafford Centre and on the River Thames. The Deputy Chief Constable said that the emergency services had responded in just the way that he thought and hoped they would. He said that it was vital that the police had taken positive steps to prepare for the event of a terrorist attack and went on to say that he thought it was what people in the region would want.
He went on to say that people in Sheffield should be reassured by the exercise and that they were aware of the threat level and while they hope it will never happen, they wanted to take steps that were positive.
Police officers along with the ambulance and fire services responded as the situation unfolded through the night, just as they would do had it been a real situation. Even though the terror alert in severe police said that the exercise had not been in response to any specific threat.
He went on to say that the original consultation with Meadowhall had been more than two years ago and a lot of effort had been put in place. A spokesperson said that if anyone was affected by the exercise they were sorry but they wanted to make it as realistic as it possibly could be.