Croydon police took part in a pan-London operation to raise awareness of security and counter terrorism policing.

Operation Penna involves reminding the public, as well as police officers and staff, of the vital role they play in protecting London from terrorism.

Tactics included high visibility patrols in crowded places such as shopping centres and briefings to businesses explaining the ongoing threat from terrorism.

Officers from Croydon met with shopkeepers, members from Croydon Business Improvement District and staff from the Centrale and Whitgift shopping centres.

Croydon’s safer neighbourhood teams also carried out high visibility patrols across the town centre and at busy transport hubs such as East Croydon.

Croydon Borough Commander David Musker said: “Local officers are an integral part of the way the MPS responds to the threat from terrorism whether it is by deterring those who may involved in terrorist activity through high visibility patrols or briefing businesses on how to protect their premises from attack.

“Operation Penna builds on our engagement with communities and businesses in a variety of ways to counter the threat from terrorism and improve the protection offered to local businesses from a terrorist attack.”

Anyone who has any information about unusual activity or behaviour should contact the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.