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Government Security Zone

By Andrew Stevens.





“On 22 March 2017, a terrorist attack took place in the vicinity of the Palace of Westminster in London, seat of the British Parliament. The attacker, 52-year-old Briton Khalid Masood, drove a car into pedestrians on the pavement along the south side of Westminster Bridge and Bridge Street, injuring more than 50 people, four of them fatally. After the car crashed into the perimeter fence of the Palace grounds, Masood abandoned it and ran into New Palace Yard where he fatally stabbed an unarmed police officer. He was then shot by an armed police officer and died at the scene.”

“In 2003 following an increased terrorism threat an area of central London was designated as the Government Security Zone (GSZ). In May 2004 the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) commissioned a GSZ police control room. The control room is staffed 24/7 365 days a year by highly trained police officers and police staff. The control room has access to significant CCTV and ANPR resources enabling officers to provide an immediate command and control facility in support of any type of incident.”

Text: Wikipedia, MPS Westminster Borough Command FOI Act Publication Scheme

Andrew Stevens is senior editor of 3:AM and lives in London.

First published in 3:AM Magazine: Tuesday, July 4th, 2017.