Armed police officers are stopping cars and pedestrians in Birmingham city centre in a security crackdown ahead of the launch of the German Christmas Market.
Patrols were stepped up on Friday afternoon ahead of the market's launch on November 16.
Officers were carry out what were described as "vehicle-based and foot-based stop checks" at a number of locations throughout the city centre.
Supt Andy Parsons said: “These checks are to offer reassurance to our communities and those who plan to attend our world famous Christmas market.
“Officers will be stopping vehicles and pedestrians during the afternoon and evening, this will continue throughout the festive season.
"There will be a mixture of armed, unarmed and plain clothes officers patrolling the city.
"If you see them, please feel free to talk to them and say hello –this is your police service and they are here to keep you safe.
“We remain hugely grateful for the overwhelming public support shown to our officers and their mission to prevent crime.
“It is really important that we tackle all crime together so if you see something or hear anything suspicious, we need to know so we can try to do something about it."
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