Stopping terrorist attacks in the UK and our interests overseas

The response to counter-terrorism is built on an approach that unites the public and private sectors, communities, citizens and overseas partners around the single purpose to leave no safe space for terrorists to recruit or act. The UK Governments counter terrorism strategy, CONTEST, is the framework that enables us to organise this work to counter all forms of terrorism. CONTEST’s overarching aim remains to reduce the risk to the UK and its citizens and interests overseas from terrorism, so that our people can go about their lives freely and with confidence.

Do Humberside Police help protect our communities from Terrorism?

Counter Terrorism Policing North East logoHumberside Police has a responsibility to protect the communities of Hull, East Yorkshire, North and North East Lincolnshire from Terrorist related activity. In order to do this we have a dedicated team of officers who contribute towards the Governments counter terrorism strategy - CONTEST - which aims to reduce the risk to the UK and its interests overseas from terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence. In addition to the dedicated team of officers & staff all Humberside Police personnel contribute to the work undertaken to keep H​umberside safe from terrorism.

How do Humberside Police do this?

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Humberside Police work in partnership with a variety of agencies and communities to help to Protect the borders, Prevent people becoming vulnerable to radicalisation, Pursue those involved in terrorist related activity and help Prepare communities and partners in the event an attack takes place in the UK.

Who else do we work with to keep our communities safe?

Achieving the aim of keeping our communities safe from terrorism cannot be achieved by Humberside Police alone so officers work closely with the United Kingdom Border Force (UKBF), Local authorities, Security services, National Crime Agency (NCA), Prisons, Universities, the Health sector, Schools, Probation Service Further Education establishments, local communities and business and many more to ensure that anyone vulnerable to terrorism is provided with intervention and support and anyone suspected of terrorist related behaviour is reported to the Police quickly and efficiently.

What can I do as a member of the community to help?

Terrorism is a crime and as with any other crime you can report suspicious behaviour you think may be linked to terrorist activity. You may come across examples whilst at your place of work or as a member of the public. 

Suspicious activity is subjective but can include the following circumstances:

  • Terrorists need transport: If you work in commercial vehicle hire or sales, has a sale or rental made you suspicious?
  • Terrorists use multiple identities: Do you know someone with documents in different names for no obvious reason?
  • Terrorists need communication: Anonymous, pay-as-you-go & stolen mobiles are typical. Have you seen someone with large quantities of mobile phones? Has it made you suspicious?
  • Terrorists need information: Observation and surveillance help terrorists plan attacks. Have you seen anyone taking pictures of security arrangements?
  • Terrorist sometimes require chemicals: Do you know someone buying large or unusual quantities of chemicals for no obvious reason?
  • Terrorists use protective equipment: Handling chemicals is dangerous. Maybe you've seen goggles or masks dumped somewhere.
  • Terrorists need funding: Cheque and credit card fraud are ways terrorists generate cash. Have you seen any suspicious transactions?
  • Terrorists use computers: Do you know someone who visits terrorist-related websites?
  • Terrorists need to travel: Meetings training and planning can take place anywhere. Do you know someone who travels but is vague about where they are going?
  • Terrorists need storage: Lock-ups, garages and sheds can all be used by terrorists to store equipment. Are you suspicious of anyone renting a commercial property?

Communities Defeat Terrorism

Counter Terrorism graphic showing reminder of how to report concernsHelp keep your community safe from terrorism by reporting online content you think could be illegal or which you find offensive.  You can stop terrorists and online extremists by reporting online content anonymously.

The internet can be used to promote, glorify or help carry out acts of terrorism and extremism. We need your help to stop it.
A national police unit will review your online referral and work with industry partners to seek the removal of any content that breaches terrorism legislation.
You can report:
  • Articles, images, speeches or videos that promote terrorism or encourage violence
  • Online content encouraging people to commit acts of terrorism
  • Websites made by terrorists or extremist organisations
  • Videos of terrorist attacks

If you come across potentially illegal or offensive material connected to terrorism on internet sites, chat rooms or other web based forums, report your concerns anonymously by clicking the red button below.

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Anti-Terrorism Hotline Online Reporting

If you’ve seen or heard something that could suggest a terrorist threat to the UK, please use the quick and confidential online tool. This service is monitored 24 hours a day.

Please note that the Metropolitan Police  hosts this reporting service on behalf of all UK police forces.