British Prime Minister Theresa May urged people to send a message to terrorists telling them they will not be cowed by their action Thursday.
May said in an exclusive with the British daily The Evening Standard that people should go out and enjoy themselves during the holiday season.
She said people should not be deterred from shopping and entertainment in the capital in the wake of a deadly terrorist attack that targeted a Christmas market in German capital Berlin and killed 12 people earlier in the week.
“It is important, I think, that we send a very clear message that we will not be cowed by the terrorists — that we will carry on with our lives as usual,” she said.
The security level set by the police authorities for London is ‘severe’ – which means a terror attack is likely.
“The security services and the police are working day in and day out to keep us safe,” May praised the security services.
“They are often unsung heroes but they are actually doing a very good job. However, they have to be vigilant all the time and we should be very grateful for the work they do.”
London’s Metropolitan Police said the security measures in London were under review in a statement following the terror attacks in Germany and Turkey.
Around one million Londoners and tourists gather across the River Thames and main city squares to watch the traditional fireworks on the New Year’s Eve.