Police with guns are patrolling Canterbury Cathedral amid fears about terror attacks.
The extra security comes after a series of jihadist attacks across Europe, including the murder of Fr Jacques Hamel.
Essex and Kent Police have ordered armed officers to guard potential
terrorist targets, including the cathedral, major shopping centres, the
port of Dover and London Southend Airport.
Photos have emerged
of police officers carrying Heckler and Koch G36 assault rifles, Glock
17 semi-auto 9mm pistols and Tasers outside the cathedral.
A spokesman for Canterbury Cathedral said: “Having grown used to
armed police patrols in our rail stations, airports and in the capital
cities we should not be surprised that Kent Police has judged the same
provision for the security of people needs to be made at significant
sites in their own area.
“It is a sadness to us all that such a response is necessary but the
police has made this decision with the safety of the public in mind.”
In July, the Home Office also announced £2.4 million of funding to
bolster security in places of worship and churches were advised to
review their security measures.
Canterbury Cathedral, consecrated in the 11th century, is the
cathedral of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
It receives a million
visitors a year.