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Manchester attacks: Police officers have to 'venture into hell'

John Sutherland
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Ch Supt John Sutherland says the impact of terrorist attacks on police officers is not yet understood

A senior Metropolitan Police officer who suffered a mental illness after years of witnessing trauma says the impact of horrific events such as the Manchester attacks on the emergency services has yet to be fully understood.

"We ask police to go to the places the rest of us couldn't or wouldn't and we ask them to do it repeatedly," Ch Supt John Sutherland tells the Victoria Derbyshire programme.

"For 25 years I've watched colleagues do those things with extraordinary compassion and they do it so beautifully, but I don't think we've even begun to understand the impact it has on them to be exposed to repeated trauma."

In 2013, after years serving as a frontline police officer, Ch Supt John Sutherland began to feel unwell. He went on to suffer severe anxiety, depression and crippling exhaustion.

Sadiq Khan: Security services doing everything to keep London safe

Sadiq Khan

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said the security services are "doing everything possible to keep Londoners and our city safe" after the UK threat level was raised to it's highest level of "critical".

The raised threat level - it's highest for 10 years - means further attacks may be imminent.

Military personnel will now be deployed to protect key sites and the Metropolitan Police has increased the number of officers on duty after the attack at Manchester Arena, which killed 22 people.

Security forces are advising organisers of the FA Cup, the rugby premiership final, the Chelsea Flower show and "people may well see military personnel at some of these events", the Labour Mayor said in a BBC interview.

"There is no reason to be alarmed" he said “our emergency services prepare day in, day out for these situations".

"I would urge all Londoners and visitors to remain calm and vigilant, and to report anything suspicious to the police.

“Our thoughts are with the young people and children who were victims of this cowardly and barbaric attack. London stands in solidarity with the people of Manchester."

Manchester attack: Extra police on duty in London

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The capital has been on high alert since the Westminster terror attack two months ago

The Metropolitan Police has increased the number of officers on duty in London after the attack at Manchester Arena, which killed 22 people.

Fifty-nine people were also injured when a lone male attacker detonated an explosive device at the end of a concert by Ariana Grande on Monday.

Commissioner Cressida Dick said the extra officers will be in place "for as long as it is needed".

She condemned the blast in Manchester as "an utterly appalling attack".

PC to stand trial over alleged attack on suspect's car

A Met officer allegedly caught on camera attacking a suspect's car will stand trial on 18 December.

Joshua Savage, of Wanstead in east London, is accused of common assault, possession of a bladed article, and criminal damage to a windscreen.

The 27-year-old, who is on restricted duties with the Met following the alleged incident on 16 September, entered not guilty pleas to all three counts.

The video, filmed by the driver, allegedly shows the officer launching the confrontation in Vicars Road in Camden, north-west London.