London to beef up its police presence on New Year's Eve

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 1, 2016 file photo, fireworks explode over the River Thames and the Palace of Westminster's Elizabeth Tower, known as Big Ben, as the New Year's Day celebrations begin in London. London plans to beef up its police presence and close down some roads for New Year's Eve after a year marked by repeated extremist attacks. The Metropolitan Police said Thursday Dec. 28, 2017, there is no specific threat to the city's massive celebration, which is focused on a fireworks display over the River Thames, but says the public should be vigilant. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

LONDON — London plans to beef up its police presence and closed down some roads for New Year's Eve after a year marked by repeated extremist attacks.

The Metropolitan Police said Thursday there's no specific threat to the city's massive celebration, which is focused on a fireworks display over the River Thames, but says the public should be vigilant.

Superintendent Nick Aldworth says both overt and covert protection methods will be used and revelers should expect to see armed police and vehicle barriers. Aldworth says police are asking the public to be patient on New Year's Eve because there will be many checkpoints in place.

Police say tickets for London's fireworks display have all been sold out and that those without a ticket should consider watching the event on television.

People also read these

'A truly magnificent talent:' actor John Hurt...

Jan 28, 2017

As a self-described "old drunk," the actor John Hurt nonetheless had a half-century career...

US vice president visits former Nazi...

Feb 20, 2017

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence toured the site of a former Nazi concentration camp

Duchess of Cambridge pool-playing skills deemed...

Feb 22, 2017

The Duchess of Cambridge has shown off her pool-playing skills _ though one teenager was not...

Brazil's Carnival begins with parades, parties...

Feb 25, 2017

Revelers all over Brazil began Carnival celebrations after an odd opening ceremony in Rio marked by...

Rio samba school angers farmers with...

Feb 27, 2017

A leading samba school in Rio de Janeiro's world famous Carnival parade paid a tribute to native...

About Us

Kayak Away aims to bring the latest news, techniques, destinations, and stories that inspire you to get on the water. We are all here together to share all the awesome tips and tricks to kayak.

Contact us: sales[at]kayakaway.com

Subscribe Now!