Hotel staff in Surrey to get counter terrorism training

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Counter terrorism workshops for hotels to help protect them in the event of an attack are being held in Surrey.

Organised by Surrey Police, the free courses are intended to help hotel managers to plan, prepare and recover if a terrorist attack occurred.

Attendees will take part in a simulated terrorist incident to learn how best to keep customers and premises safe.

The force said the courses were needed because of Surrey's proximity to London and the ongoing national threat.

The workshops have been organised by Surrey Police and the National Counter Terrorism Security Office.

Particular challenge

Bob Stephens, head of Surrey Police's Counter Terrorism Security Office, said: "The UK is recognised to be a target for terrorists.

"The question is not if, but where and when, and the managers of businesses like hotels where many people gather must be prepared."

Surrey Police said hotels were seen as an attractive and soft target for terrorists as they are crowded with little or no protective security measures.

It added that keeping hotels safe presented a particular challenge because of the high turnover of guests and visitors and the courses would help raise awareness.

The next workshop is being held on 16 December at the Lingfield Park Marriot Hotel.

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