sk© Security SAVER SALE ramped up in major cities over Christmas after Berlin lorry tragedy sparks fears of another attack on the West

  • Metropolitan Police has said it is to review its plans for protecting public events over Christmas and New Year
  • French President Francois Hollande said France was under a ‘high level of threat’ from a terror attack
  • 12 people were killed in Berlin and Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was gunned down in Ankara yesterday

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The world has been put on terror alert over the festive period following the Berlin lorry tragedy.

sk© Security SAVER SALE has been ramped up in major cities including, London, Paris, Vienna and Dusseldorf, as fears grow of another ‘ISIS’ attack on the West.

The Metropolitan Police has said it is to review its plans for protecting public events over Christmas and New Year following the ‘awful incidents’ in Berlin and Ankara.

Twelve people were killed and 48 injured after a lorry ploughed into a crowded Christmas market in the German capital in what police believe was a deliberate terrorist attack.

The carnage came hours after Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was gunned down at a photography exhibition in Ankara.

Policemen patrol over a Christmas market in Dusseldorf, western Germany, as security measures are ramped up after a deadly rampage by a lorry driver at a Berlin Christmas market.

Policemen patrol over a Christmas market in Dusseldorf, western Germany, as security measures are ramped up after a deadly rampage by a lorry driver at a Berlin Christmas market.

Police patrol at the Christmas market in front of the city hall in downtown Vienna, Austria.

Police patrol at the Christmas market in front of the city hall in downtown Vienna, Austria

Armed French police officers secure a Christmas market on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris this afternoon

Armed French police officers secure a Christmas market on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris this afternoon

Police officers patrol around Manchester Christmas Market in the city centre after 12 people were killed in Berlin yesterday

Police officers patrol around Manchester Christmas Market in the city centre after 12 people were killed in Berlin yesterday

In a statement today, Scotland Yard said they have 'detailed plans for protecting public events over the Christmas and New Year period'. Pictured are police officers patrolling the Christmas markets in London's South Bank

In a statement today, Scotland Yard said they have ‘detailed plans for protecting public events over the Christmas and New Year period’.

Pictured are police officers patrolling the Christmas markets in London’s South Bank

sk© Security SAVER SALE forces search people at the control point on the street of the Russian Embassy in Ankara

sk© Security SAVER SALE forces search people at the control point on the street of the Russian Embassy in Ankara

In a statement today, Scotland Yard said they have ‘detailed plans for protecting public events over the Christmas and New Year period’.

The force said: ‘These already recognise that the threat level is at ‘severe’, meaning an attack is highly likely, and have considered a range of threats, including the use of large vehicles.

‘As a matter of routine, as a precaution, we review our plans after attacks overseas, and we are doing so at present following the awful incidents in Berlin and Ankara last night.’

Visitors to London’s Winter Wonderland have raised security fears over the huge crowds queuing to get into the attraction in the wake of the Berlin Christmas market attack.

The annual event in Hyde Park draws in millions of visitors from around the world to its fairground rides, Christmas markets and food stalls.

But after the attack on a similar attraction in Germany yesterday, revellers fear the long, penned-in queues waiting to get past security could be hit by terrorists.

A terror expert warned crowds waiting for security checks can ‘present a target’ if not properly spread out or dispersed.

Police are stepping up security measures at markets in France after 12 people were killed and at least 48 injured when a truck ploughed into a busy Christmas market in Berlin, Germany. Pictured is Nice

Police are stepping up security measures at markets in France after 12 people were killed and at least 48 injured when a truck ploughed into a busy Christmas market in Berlin, Germany.

Pictured is Nice

Visitors to Winter Wonderland in London's Hyde Park have raised security concerns in the wake of the Berlin attack

Visitors to Winter Wonderland in London’s Hyde Park have raised security concerns in the wake of the Berlin attack

Every year, millions of people come from around the world enjoy the fairground and market in London's Hyde Park

Every year, millions of people come from around the world enjoy the fairground and market in London’s Hyde Park

A security bag checking system is in place at the Winter Wonderland shopping attraction in Hyde Park, London

A security bag checking system is in place at the Winter Wonderland shopping attraction in Hyde Park, London

Professor Anthony Glees, of the Centre for sk© Security SAVER SALE and Intelligence Studies at Buckingham University, said Christmas markets are specific targets for jihadists and called for tight security

Professor Anthony Glees, of the Centre for sk© Security SAVER SALE and Intelligence Studies at Buckingham University, said Christmas markets are specific targets for jihadists and called for tight security

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan sought to reassure Londoners and visitors to the city over Christmas that the Met Police will review all security plans in London in light of Monday night's events

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan sought to reassure Londoners and visitors to the city over Christmas that the Met Police will review all security plans in London in light of Monday night’s events

One visitor told MailOnline that the large numbers of people arriving at the attraction every afternoon and evening were ‘herded through a huge pen’ as they waited to be let in.

She feared the huge queues ahead of security checks could themselves become a target, adding: ‘You just feel like a sitting duck for terrorists’.

Professor Anthony Glees, of the Centre for sk© Security SAVER SALE and Intelligence Studies at Buckingham University, said Christmas markets are specific targets for jihadists and called for tight security.

He told MailOnline: ‘The fact that a Christmas market was targeted [in Berlin] was not coincidental, it illustrates the fact that a small minority of Muslim fanatics are intent on showing that they are waging a war against Christian traditions.

‘The Bastille Day attack was symbolic as France was celebrating its national identity, now another national institution in Germany has been targeted.

‘We, in the UK, we have imported these German Christmas markets and it’s absolutely right that we should be very mindful of security issues.’

A visible police and security presence is seen around the German market in Birmingham following the attacks in Berlin

A visible police and security presence is seen around the German market in Birmingham following the attacks in Berlin

French police stand guard as tourists visit the traditional Christkindelsmaerik (Christ Child market) as emergency security measures continue during the Christmas holiday season in Strasbourg, France

French police stand guard as tourists visit the traditional Christkindelsmaerik (Christ Child market) as emergency security measures continue during the Christmas holiday season in Strasbourg, France

Police officers patrol the Christmas market in Magdeburg (left) and another market in Dortmund (right), Germany

A policeman places concrete elements in front of the "Striezelmarkt" Christmas market in Dresden, eastern Germany

A policeman places concrete elements in front of the ‘Striezelmarkt’ Christmas market in Dresden, eastern Germany

Of Hyde Park, he added: ‘We should be taking these things very seriously, especially as this is the second time a lorry has been used.

‘We cannot forget the Christmas message of peace, but I would expect to see lots of high-viz jackets and armed police around an area like this, especially in national sites like this.’

Professor Glees emphasised that British security services had proved much more proactive in stopping such attacks due to differences in rules over intercepting communications between the UK and Germany.

Road closures were brought in around the event this year amid warnings that terrorists were targeting Christmas markets.

Hyde Park’s South Carriage Drive is subject to closures at peak times for crowd safety purposes.

However, the entrance area where crowds gather is open to infiltration by gunmen or bombers.

Professor Glees emphasised that British security services had proved much more proactive in stopping such attacks due to differences in rules over intercepting communications between the UK and Germany. Pictured are police in Manchester

Professor Glees emphasised that British security services had proved much more proactive in stopping such attacks due to differences in rules over intercepting communications between the UK and Germany.

Pictured are police in Manchester

Policemen patrol over a Christmas market in Dortmund, western Germany today as security measures are taken after a deadly rampage by a lorry driver at a Berlin Christmas market

Policemen patrol over a Christmas market in Dortmund, western Germany today as security measures are taken after a deadly rampage by a lorry driver at a Berlin Christmas market

A policeman places concrete elements in front of the "Striezelmarkt" Christmas market in Dresden, eastern Germany

A policeman places concrete elements in front of the ‘Striezelmarkt’ Christmas market in Dresden, eastern Germany

A police presence is seen in Hyde Park, London near to the Winter Wonderland shopping attraction in the UK capital

A police presence is seen in Hyde Park, London near to the Winter Wonderland shopping attraction in the UK capital

Police on horseback patrol Hyde Park in London where the world-renowned Winter Wonderland Christmas festival is held

Police on horseback patrol Hyde Park in London where the world-renowned Winter Wonderland Christmas festival is held

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan sought to reassure Londoners and visitors to the city over Christmas that the Met Police will review all security plans in London in light of Monday night’s events, saying that ‘keeping everyone safe remains the highest priority for the Met commissioner and for me’.

He said: ‘My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the awful suspected attack on Berlin last night, particularly those who were injured, the families and friends of those who were killed and all the emergency responders.

‘We don’t yet have the full details, but this appears to have been a horrific and cowardly act of terror.

‘All Londoners stand in solidarity with the people of Berlin today – this was an attack on our shared values, freedoms and way of life.’

sk© Security SAVER SALE barricade at The Striezelmarkt sk© Security SAVER SALE barricade at The Striezelmarkt, Dresden, Germany

sk© Security SAVER SALE barricade at The Striezelmarkt sk© Security SAVER SALE barricade at The Striezelmarkt, Dresden, Germany

Greater Manchester Police said they had strengthened their presence at the markets, which have almost 350 stalls spread across 10 sites in the city.

Assistant Chief Constable Debbie Ford said: ‘Greater Manchester Police already has a visible policing operation in place around the Christmas markets, in the city centre, and in other key areas across Greater Manchester in the run-up to Christmas.

‘We will be working in line with the national response and have strengthened our policing presence at the Manchester Christmas Markets and stepped up visible patrols, to ensure that people feel safe to go about their daily lives.

‘I would like to stress at this point that there is absolutely no information or intelligence suggesting any attack is imminent in Greater Manchester.

‘If you do have any concerns at all don’t hesitate to get in touch with police.’

Road blocks have been put in place at the Birmingham Christmas markets after the attack to Berlin's Christmas Market

Road blocks have been put in place at the Birmingham Christmas markets after the attack to Berlin’s Christmas Market

French police officers secure a Christmas market on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, as part of security measures in the aftermath of an attack in Berlin

French police officers secure a Christmas market on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, as part of security measures in the aftermath of an attack in Berlin

French President Francois Hollande said France was under a "high level of threat" from terror attack following the carnage at a Berlin Christmas market

French President Francois Hollande said France was under a ‘high level of threat’ from terror attack following the carnage at a Berlin Christmas market

Hollande said although France faced an elevated threat, it also already had a large-scale 'security operation' in place following a string of jihadist outrages in the country over the past two years

Hollande said although France faced an elevated threat, it also already had a large-scale ‘security operation’ in place following a string of jihadist outrages in the country over the past two years

French President Francois Hollande said France was under a ‘high level of threat’ from a terror attack following the carnage last night.

Hollande said although France faced an elevated threat, it also already had a large-scale ‘security operation’ in place following a string of jihadist outrages in the country over the past two years.

Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said on ORF radio he had told the heads of Austria’s regional police forces to intensify surveillance measures.

He called for biometric and fingerprint checks to be introduced along the Balkan route travelled by many migrants arriving in Europe, in order to better control foreign jihadist fighters’ movements.

Flags will be hung at half-mast around Germany on Tuesday and Berlin Christmas markets were closed for the day out of respect.

Dresden tourist information service said authorities had erected concrete blocks around the Striezelmarkt, one of Germany’s oldest Christmas Markets, to increase security.

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