London police have responded to the increased terror threat in Europe by deploying 600 more armed officers on the streets.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Britain’s most senior police officer, made the announcement today as part of Operation Hercules.

It follows his recent warning that it is a question of “when not if” the UK is the target of terrorists.

Although British police are not routinely armed, the teams on patrol will carry handguns, semi-automatic weapons and shotguns.

Some specialist teams will also operate on motorbikes.

Announcing the move, Sir Bernard said: “Anyone who’s been following events in Europe over the past few weeks will understand why we want to show our determination to protect the public.

“We are deadly serious about the protection that we are offering the people of London and we will never be complacent.”

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