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Police tell people to “run away as far as possible” if Isis targets London

Britain’s most senior counter-terror officer has warned the public to prepare for an attack, and advised Londoners to "run away as far as possible" and hide if ISIS targets the capital. 

Scotland Yard Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley outlined these as the "basic" rules to follow in the wake of an attack. “It may seem blindingly obvious, but some people don’t run, they will duck down where they are, do all sorts of different things in the panic,” he said. 

“Run as far away as possible and when you can’t run any further, hide, and then call the police because we’ve got the people, the resources, the firearms to deal with it. It’s very straightforward.”

This appeal follows a warning from Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe that it is a matter of “when, not if” will ISIS attack Britain. 

“Every Londoner can help the fight against terrorism, whether it’s being more prepared personally or at work or if you are suspicious about something or someone – if you see someone acting suspiciously near where you work then straight away contacting us, whether you are working in Canary Wharf or the local high street," Rowley said. 

Rowley also revealed more armed officers are already being dispatched across London, especially in crowded areas. 

“We need more help, more preparedness from the public. We are asking the public to roll the sleeves up and help us," he said.

The advice ​“run, hide, tell” has also been showcased in a “Stay Safe” video published by the police (above).