The Prince of Wales met officers from the Metropolitan Police and staff who deal with terrorism this week as he visited the Met’s counter-terrorism unit where he learnt about the work they do.
Prince Charles was greeted at New Scotland Yard by senior figures from the force, including Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley.
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said he was delighted to welcome the next in line to the throne to the headquarters of policing in London. He said that the counter-terrorism offices he would “find out about the fantastic work they do every day to keep London safe from the increasing threat of terrorism”.
During his visit, he met staff who deal with everything from major terrorist plots to people traveling to Syria to join Jihad groups. The Queen’s son was given a history of some of Scotland Yard’s most famous terrorism cases over the past 132 years as well as being briefed by Assistant Commissioner Rowley and Commander Richard Walton, on some of the continuing investigations.
The visit was kept private. However, the Met Police did release a statement saying: “With more than 700 Britons now thought to have travelled to the conflict zone SO15 is facing unprecedented challenges in London resulting in the highest number of terrorist-related arrests for a decade.”
“Over the past year, a number of terrorist attack plots have also been disrupted in London and the UK.”
Just yesterday, counter-terrorism units arrested two people on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism.
Before leaving New Scotland Yard, the Prince gave a speech to some officers and staff from different teams within the force.
Speaking before the visit, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: “I’m delighted to be welcoming His Royal Highness to New Scotland Yard, where he’ll meet with some of our counter-terrorism officers and staff and find out about the fantastic work they do every day to keep London safe from the increasing threat of terrorism.”
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