Police fear terrorists plan to snatch a WPC from the streets and behead her in an Islamic State-style execution video.
The chilling threat emerged after a major security alert on Monday night (Dec 8th), sparked by an anonymous phone tip-off claiming a plot to kidnap and kill an officer in Birmingham.
On Tuesday a man, 31, was arrested in the West Midlands over that incident, which was not directly linked to fears WPCs were a terror target. However, a source claimed officers had “genuine” concerns a woman could be kidnapped on duty and executed in cold blood. The insider said: “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. There are also fears they want to film it.”
Monday’s tip-off came shortly before 10pm and within minutes every officer patrolling the streets was alerted. All police workers, including office staff, were banned from going home for two hours while advice was given out. This included warning officers not to travel to work in uniform and to “look out for each other” while on duty. It also emerged that West Midlands officers received similar warnings two months ago in a circular from Chief Constable Chris Sims.
One officer said: “The essence of the message was there had been high quality and credible intelligence that there were plans to kidnap British police officers.
“The message was that officers should not travel to work in uniform".
“Travelling in ‘half blues’ [police issue trousers and boots] has been banned for now"
Other officers and detectives who display their warrant cards or identification passes on lanyards have also been banned from doing that in public.
“It’s especially concerning for officers if there is this credible threat.”
Security was beefed up at all police stations in the West Midlands. Assistant Chief Constable Garry Forsyth said all information relating to security was taken “extremely seriously”. He said: “We received information relating to the safety of West Midlands Police officers and police staff. It was anonymous, but credible information.” Detectives were working on several lines of inquiry in a “fast moving and dynamic” investigation and refused to rule out a hoax. They would not reveal details of what the man they arrested was suspected of.
Once again we are witnessing the ever growing threat of Muslim extremists flexing their muscles in Britain, especially in the run up towards Christmas. After the brutal murder of serving soldier, Lee Rigby the Security Services are being stretched to their limits trying to thwart another atrocity on the streets of Britain. Its only a matter of time before one of these Islamic extremists slip the net and carry out an outrage that will most certainly anger the Patriotic Movements that are rapidly growing.