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Police hold training exercise at Bluewater today

PUBLISHED: 11:13 29 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:13 29 April 2018

Police will be taking  part in a training exercise at Bluewater today  to test how emergency services respond to a security alert. Picture: Kent Police

Police will be taking part in a training exercise at Bluewater today to test how emergency services respond to a security alert. Picture: Kent Police

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Police and other emergency services will be taking part in a training exercise at Bluewater shopping centre this evening, Sunday, April 29, meaning restaurants will close at 8pm.

The exercise will test the way in which they and other organisations work together to respond to a security alert, with both armed and unarmed officers taking part.

Members of the public are advised they may see police, fire and ambulance personnel at Bluewater and hear activity between the hours of 8pm today and 4am tomorrow but should not be alarmed as this is part of the training procedure.

Assistant Chief Constable Tony Blaker of Kent Police said: “It is important to point out that this training exercise, which has been in the planning stages since July 2017, is not in response to any specific intelligence suggesting Bluewater or anywhere else in Kent is at risk.

“We regularly hold such exercises at various locations across the county, covering a wide range of scenarios. It provides invaluable training and experience for all participants.

“During this exercise Kent Police has organised resources accordingly to ensure it will be business as usual, with officers on duty as normal.”

Robert Goodman, the general manager at Bluewater, said: “Bluewater is assisting Kent Police by hosting its emergency services training exercise, which is part of an ongoing series of similar exercises taking place across Kent and the UK.

“We would like to reassure guests that the training will take place outside of Bluewater opening hours, however our restaurants will be closing at 8pm on this occasion.”

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