BRITS travelling to France for the Euro 2016 tournament have been warned to be vigilant amid heightened terror fears, The Sun reports. The Foreign Office said “stadiums, fan zones, venues broadcasting the tournament and transport hubs and links represent potential targets for terrorist attacks”.
Ministers today dramatically changed travel advice for France amid fears the tournament could be on the jihadi hit-list. No. 10 revealed the change to travel advice at midday, but insisted there was no change to the overall terror threat in France. It follows a meeting between David Cameron, senior Ministers and the intelligence services on Monday.
Downing Street added extra checks would be carried out by Border Force on people leaving the UK to cross the Channel during the tournament. Commander Dean Haydon, the head of Scotland Yard’s anti-terror squad, today said: “As we approach the Euros, any operation such as that in any country is clearly a concern.
As you would expect, we are working with the French and other local police and security and intelligence agencies across the world to properly understand is there a threat to the Euros. “Certainly we have seen propaganda, Islamic State (IS) and potential talk of plots against the Euros, but we’re working with all those various different agencies to police and make the Euros a safe event and a safe games.
“We’re a key part of the planning. Although the ultimate policing of the event and the planning is for the French, we are all involved in properly trying to understand the threat, if there is one.” It comes just a day after Ukraine security officials announced a Frenchman arrested on the Ukraine-Poland border had plotted 15 terror attacks against the tournament.
Gregoire Moutaux, 25, was arrested carrying 125kg of TNT, two rocket-launchers, about 100 detonators and five Kalashnikov assault rifles. He also allegedly plotted attacks on Muslim and Jewish places of worship, as well as administrative buildings.