The British government is rolling out a number of intense security measures in the aftermath of the bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, including deploying nearly 1,000 soldiers to the streets of London and halting the traditional Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace for an “indefinite period.”
According to British Home Secretary Amber Rudd, 984 military personnel will begin patrolling the streets of the nation’s capital now that the terror level has been raised from “severe” to “critical,” a development that took place on Tuesday night when investigators into the bombing discovered that it may have been just one of multiple planned attacks.
In the following weeks and months, up to 5,000 soldiers could be deployed throughout London and the rest of the country in order to crack down on any potential threats. Soldiers in London will replace armed police officers at sensitive sites like Downing Street, Buckingham Palace, and the Palace of Westminster, with the police officers reportedly being sent elsewhere.
In addition, the Changing of the Guard Ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s residence, has been cancelled in order to shore up police resources that are badly needed elsewhere.
Tours, events, and banquets at the Palace of Westminster have all been cancelled until further notice in the wake of the crisis and visitors have been turned away since Tuesday morning ever since it was put on lockdown on Monday night.
So far, there are no military personnel on the streets of Manchester, with Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police Ian Hopkins stating during a press conference that soldiers deployed elsewhere have allowed Manchester police officers to have a greater presence on the streets.
As for the threat of future terrorist attacks, Hopkins suggested: “I think it is very clear that this is a network that we are investigating and it continues at a pace.”