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RSS FeedsPolice urge city-dwellers to go about their day amid increased security presence
(The Star Business)


12 july 2018 21:50:06

Police urge city-dwellers to go about their day amid increased security presence
(The Star Business)

Toronto police increased their presence in the downtown core, citing an undisclosed “potential risk to public safety.”After a cryptic early morning tweet reporting that Toronto police were responding to an “unconfirmed, uncorroborated piece of information,” uniform officers descended on the area around the CN Tower Thursday — but officially released little explanation of the potential threat.However, in an internal police memo leaked to the Star and other media Thursday afternoon, the threat is described as a “potential vehicle ramming attack” in the area of the CN Tower. The memo says that on Wednesday, police received “credible” information regarding this potential threat, and outlines a plan for increased police presence in the area, including road closures, “vigilant patrol” and follow-up on any “suspicious behaviour.”In a tweet from the official Toronto police Twitter account, Insp. Michael Barksy wouldn’t elaborate on what information led police to make this move, while emphasizing that Torontonians should go about their day as normal. “We encourage people to come and enjoy all the venues they would normally enjoy,” Barksy told reporters at a news conference. Four police cruises were stationed at the intersection of Bremner Blvd. and Lower Simcoe St. Another four were parked at Bremner and Navy Wharf Ct., on the west side of Rogers Centre.In between, a number of police officers could be seen, some on foot, others on bikes and horses.Toronto police sent out a vague tweet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday that there would be more officers in the downtown core because of an “unconfirmed, uncorroborated piece of information.”Barsky said he wouldn’t comment on the nature of the risk or give any details about the investigation, but said that the police presence would remain the rest of the day. “Whenever we have a report of a potential risk, we take that s ...
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