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Police Support Anti-Terrorism Hotline
Police in Gloucestershire are backing a national anti-terrorism hotline launched to help police gather vital intelligence.
The confidential hotline allows people to pass on information without giving any of their personal details and without the call being recorded.
The hotline has been set up by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) following recent events in the UK, and as part of the campaign police officers in Gloucestershire will be targeting businesses as well as homeowners to help crack down on the networks that support terrorism.
"The idea behind the initiative is to make people think about what they see and hear everyday," said Detective Inspector Ruth Mather, who oversees crime reduction for Gloucestershire Constabulary.
"We do not want people to suddenly become suspicious of neighbours or friends they have known for years, just to be alert to their surroundings and pick up on any activity that they think might be unusual."
Officers will be visiting hotels, landlords, car hire and storage firms as part of the campaign and asking them to stay alert to new customers or clients who arouse their suspicions.
If they have any doubts at all they can pass information to the new hotline with the knowledge that the information will be assessed and filtered into the national network of intelligence.
"It is critical that the public assist us as much as possible in the fight against organised crime, and it is ordinary people who often hold vital information that can be the key to successful police operations," added DI Mather.
"People involved in organised crime, like terrorism, need basic things like a place to stay, a car to drive and storage units to use, and it is within communities that this kind of information is held, which is why the hotline and the work we are doing with businesses is so important.
"All our own staff are trained to look out for suspicious activity but I hope people will also remember to stay alert and to pass on any information, no matter how small, so that police can decide whether or not it is important."
You can contact the confidential anti-terrorist hotline by calling 0800 789 321 and pass on information anonymously. Alternatively you can contact Gloucestershire Police on 0845 090 1234 or can call Crimestoppers, which is also free and confidential, on 0800 555 111.
: 20/04/2006 16:28:28
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