Police warn people not to take photos and film terror attacks

The Parsons Green bombing occured on September 15 (Picture: PA)

Police chiefs have urged terrorist attack eyewitnesses to flee the scene of an incident, rather than using their smartphones to record video or take photos.

Metropolitan Police chiefs have singled out the recent attack at Parsons Green, where video of a smoke filled carriage was posted online within minutes of the attack.

The stark warning forms part of a new campaign that is aimed at ensuring children and teenagers are clued up on what to do in the event of a terror incident.

The UK’s counter-terrorism police network is also calling for the ‘run, hide, tell’ message to be taught in schools – with famous faces including Bear Grylls and Leicester City footballer Jamie Vardy being enlisted to support the campaign.

It comes after a wave of attacks on UK soil in 2017, including the devastating Manchester bombing in which 23 people were killed at an Ariana Grande concert attended by young fans.


Alongside the Parsons Green attack, London has also been targeted with attacks in both the Westminster and London Bridge areas of the capital.

Met Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi, the national policing lead for protective security, said: “We appreciate that talking to young people about terrorism can be scary, for parents and children alike.

“But the atrocities in London and Manchester have sadly resulted in some of the youngest victims of terror this country has ever seen, and if we are able to teach children to act in a way which could potentially save their lives then it is our responsibility to do so.

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“We are particularly concerned when we see people – young and old – using their mobiles to film scenes when they should be moving away from the danger. The recent incident in Parsons Green is a good example of this.

“Our research showed that many young people think filming would be a good thing to provide evidence for police. We must get them to understand that the priority must be their safety.”

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