This does my head in. ¬† By the time that the armed forces and the police are cowering in the face of terrorism, what is a citizen to do?
Police forces across Britain were on alert last night after a warning of an Islamic State-style plot to kidnap and behead an officer.
More than 7,000 officers in the West Midlands were warned they were in imminent danger following a telephone threat.
Police chiefs in Britain‚Äôs second largest force were so concerned at the ‚Äėanonymous but credible‚Äô threat that they stopped officers going off duty until they had attended a security briefing.
However, it was reported that senior officers feared a female officer would be targeted for ‘shock factor’.
A source told the Daily Mirror: ‘It is known police are worried jihadists are going to behead an officer.
‘They believe they want to target a WPC for shock factor. The fear is a terror cell will think female officers make easier targets.’
Other forces urgently reviewed safety precautions and warned officers not to wear their uniform or ID badge when off duty ‚Äď normally they are allowed to wear uniform when travelling to and from work. Read more »