Last week, immediately after the attack on Father Jacques Hamel in France, the Metropolitan Police announced that all churches in the UK were being contacted advising them to review their security arrangements as a precaution and remain vigilant. Barnabas Fund has this week been made aware that police from rural south-west England have since written to church leaders to this effect.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind all churches of our ‘Pray and Protect’ booklet, released earlier this year, which contains practical security advice in light of the threat posed by terrorism. The 82-page booklet can be downloaded for free. If you would like a hard copy, please visit our resources section.
The communication sent to churches in the south-west included a link to the National Counter Terrorism website which provides advice and guidance on security for places of worship. It also referred to a new scheme run by the Home Office offering funding to churches and other places of worship to help improve their security. Detailed information on how to apply for this can be found here.