Despite another suspected terror threat in the City of London last week, Londoners aren’t worried about the capital’s safety.
Londoners and tourists do not appear to be affected by last week’s bomb scare which led police to carry out a controlled explosion near the Gherkin (30 St Mary Axe) after spotting a suspect parked taxi cab.
One of the passers-by, who didn’t wish to be named, said: “If you let things like that scare you you’d never be able to enjoy life. As long as our PM is doing something about it, I don’t have to worry about my safety.”
Shakib Mir, a student at the University of West London echoed similar sentiment: “The British population have become too paranoid about their safety. Everything in the world looks suspicious. Unfortunately we have no control over such incidents from occurring. Many people aren’t even aware of this incident, which shows they aren’t troubled by it.”
The incident follows the raising of the UK terror alert to ‘severe’, hinting that a terrorist attack from IS is ‘highly likely’.
Sky News journalist Peter Hoskins, who witnessed the incident, tweeted:
“The cab had been left over night on double yellow lines, police apparently, decided this was suspicious and so took these actions.” — David (@Jagsy10) October 21, 2014
So it turns out the vehicle involved in the controlled-explosion outside the Gherkin yesterday was a broken-down taxi http://t.co/ihAlbLUWFW
— Matthew Henman (@JTICMattHenman) October 22, 2014
The broken-down taxi was towed away after the “livid” taxi driver showed up at the scene.
One Twitter user confirmed: “It was a false alarm and the controlled-explosion was precautionary and everything went back to normal.”
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