POLICE have warned Britain’s Christians to be on alert due to fears they could be targeted by jihadists from Islamic State.
Churches have been asked to review their security following recent terrorist attacks in France, as the UK’s Home Office announces £2.4 million (€2.8m) in funding to increase security in places of worship.
Counter-terror police have issued specific advice to the estimated 47,000 churches following the killing of a priest saying mass in France – but stressed people should be on alert, but not alarmed.
The killing in Normandy was the first known attack claimed by IS inside a western church, and UK churchgoers should be alert, according to the police warning sent out last night.
Churches, mosques and other places of worship in Britain will be all be able to apply for a share of the Home Office funds to spend on CCTV, doors, bollards, locks, alarms, and floodlights.