Armed police will join druids and revellers at Stonehenge for the summer solstice in the wake of recent terror attacks
- Police will attend the annual summer solstice event at Stonehenge tomorrow?
- The armed officers will be in attendance in response to the recent terror attacks
- Security will be beefed up at other events including Glastonbury and Wimbledon
Armed police will join druids and revellers as thousands of people will gather at Stonehenge for the summer solstice in the wake of recent terror attacks.
On Tuesday night, thousands of people from all parts of the country will travel to the prehistoric monument in Wiltshire.?
They will stay up to celebrate the Pagan festival and wait for the sun to rise on the longest day of the year, which will be on Wednesday.
But in the wake of recent terror incidents, including an attack on Muslims leaving a mosque in Finsbury Park, firearms officers will be present at the annual event.
On Tuesday night, thousands of people from all parts of the country will travel to the prehistoric monument in Wiltshire (stock photo)?
Thousands of people who gather at the world-famous site (pictured) will?celebrate the Pagan festival
Police said no specific threat had been identified and bag searches would be stepped up.
The festivities are usually heavily policed and no alcohol, glass bottles, rucksacks, or camping equipment is allowed near the prehistoric monument.
Chief Constable Mike Veale said: 'I would like to reassure visitors that there is no specific risk to the event and that safety is our absolute priority.?
'We have been working closely with our partners at English Heritage in planning the event and measures are in place such as high visibility patrols and armed officers will be in attendance purely as that extra bit if reassurance for those attending.
'Have a chat with officers at the event, show them your support and for all those celebrating Summer Solstice 2017 I wish you a peaceful event and fingers crossed for a cloud free sunrise.'
Armed police will be on hand at Glastonbury Festival on Wednesday to protect the expected 150,000 music fans
Other events which will see the introduction of armed police officers will be Wimbledon (pictured)?
A spokesman for English Heritage, which runs the site, said: 'Following recent terrorist related incidents across the UK, additional security measures will be in place at Summer Solstice this year.
'We are working closely with Wiltshire Police to ensure the safety of all visitors and, as a result, only small bags (approx 30cm x 25cm x 15cm) will be allowed into the Monument Field and searches will be conducted.
'We strongly advise you to only bring essential items and thank you in advance for your patience.'
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