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'Run, hide, tell': What to do in a terrorist attack

The Metropolitan Police shared the advice in the wake of the London Bridge and Borough Market attacks

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Chloe Best
Chloe BestLifestyle Features Editor
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Following Saturday night's terror attacks on London Bridge and Borough Market, in which seven people were killed, the police have issued a warning advising members of the public on what to do if they find themselves caught in a terror attack. An alert shared by Metropolitan Police tells the public to "run, hide, tell" if they are able to in the event of a terrorist attack.

Met Police Warn What To Do In A Terrorist Attack

RUN – to a place of safety. This is a better option than to surrender or negotiate. If there's nowhere to go, then…

HIDE – Turn your phone to silent and turn off vibrate. Barricade yourself in if you can.

TELL – the police by calling 999 when it is safe to do so.

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The tweet has been shared over 70,000 times since being posted on the Met Police Twitter account on Saturday night. The guidelines were developed by counter-terrorism police and released late last month amid a heightened security situation in Britain.

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Seven people were killed and a further 48 injured in the terrifying attack in London on Saturday night. Three attackers drove a white van into a crowd of people on a pavement at London Bridge, before going on a stabbing frenzy in nearby streets. Within minutes the police had responded and all three men were shot dead at 10.16pm. However many people didn't have the opportunity to follow the advice of the police and confronted the attackers by throwing bottles and chairs in a bid to stop them.

Mark Rowley, Assistant Commission of the Metropolitan Police, revealed on Sunday that the police had uses an "unprecedented" 50 bullets as they confronted the attackers, and said that a member of the public had been accidentally shot at the scene. "Eight police firearms officers discharged their weapons. Whilst this will be subject to an investigation by the IPCC, our initial assessment is in the region of 50 rounds - in the region of 50 bullets - were fired by those eight officers," Mr Rowley said. "The three attackers were shot dead. The situation these officers were confronted with was critical - a matter of life and death - three armed men wearing what appeared to be suicide belts."

The Metropolitan Police has set up an emergency phone line on 0800 096 1233 and 020 7158 0197 for those concerned about family or friends who may have been in the area at the time of the attack.

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