As a local authority, we have a duty to play our part in preventing people from being drawn into terrorism.

Prevent is one part of the UK’s counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST), preventing people from becoming involved in terrorism or supporting terrorism. The strategy focusses on early intervention, aiming to reduce the likelihood of individuals supporting violent or extremist ideology, or becoming a terrorist.

The Safer Selby Hub works closely with specified authorities and key organisations facilitating a quarterly meeting to provide support and practical information to:

  • embed Prevent into their day-to-day functions
  • improve community intelligence into the Counter Terrorism Local Profile (CTLP)
  • ensure effective communications and awareness training of the Duty and identified risks in the area
  • respond to the risks identified in the Counter Terrorism Local Profile

How you can help us

Everyone who works lives or visits our area has a role to play in helping to counter the terrorist and domestic extremist threat which remains real and serious. The police fully understand that people may be reluctant to tell them about suspicious activity or behaviour because they think "it's probably nothing", but small things that seem out of place can be useful as part of a bigger investigation. Just one piece of information could be crucial in disrupting terrorist or extremist activity.

The Safer Selby Hub manages a live Counter Terrorism Local Profile which helps to assess the ongoing risk from terrorism or domestic extremism. If you see or hear anything which gives you cause for concern, or seems to be out of the ordinary, please contact the Safer Selby Hub on 01757 292099.

If you believe that there is an immediate threat to life from the information you have, you should ring 999. 

Useful information:

  • overheard conversations
  • community tensions (negative views towards refugees, immigrants etc.)
  • graffiti or stickers depicting symbols of the Extreme Right Wing / Left Wing
  • intelligence regarding any protests which could potentially become violent
  • vehicles being parked in a particular space for no reason
  • people taking pictures

Anything that gives you an uneasy feeling is potentially information we need to know. It could be nothing, but it could save lives.

Action Counters Terrorism (ACT)

Concerns can also be reported in confidence by visiting the ACT Website or telephoning 0800 789 321.

Run, Hide, Tell…what to do in the event of an attack

While the general level of threat to the UK is severe, the probability of being caught up in a firearms or weapons attack is very, very small. It is important the public know what to do in the event of getting caught up in such an incident.


Run to a place of safety. This is a far better option than to surrender or negotiate. If there’s nowhere to go then...


It’s better to hide than to confront. Remember to turn your phone to silent and turn off vibrate. Barricade yourself in if you can. Then finally and only when it is safe to do so…


The police by calling 999 and tell them clearly the location of you and the attackers.

Here is a link to a Run, Hide, Tell video on YouTube. 

Further information