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Brits travelling to Christmas markets across Europe warned by Foreign Office over terror threat

Brits travelling to Christmas markets across Europe warned by Foreign Office over terror threat

The Foreign Office has warned of increased security at European Christmas markets due to an ongoing terror threat.

Each Christmas, the Frankfurt Christmas Market rolls into Birmingham, with popular festive markets across the continent.

Brummies and British holidaymakers will routinely head abroad each November and December to enjoy the yuletide celebrations.

But the Foreign Office has warned of increased security at such events in the likes of Germany, France, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands.

It has said this is because of “general threat from terrorism”.

Visitors walk among stalls selling mulled wine and food as an illuminated ferris wheel spins behind at the annual Christmas market at Alexanderplatz in 2017 in Berlin, Germany
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The full notice on the FO website reads for each country: “There is a general threat from terrorism. There may be increased security in place over the festive period, including at Christmas markets and other major events that might attract large crowds.

“You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities.”

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It comes after various attacks on Christmas markets in recent years, reports the M.E.N .

In 2016, a truck was driven through the crowds of visitors at a market in Breitscheidplatz in the City West of Berlin killing 11 people and injuring 56.

Two years later,  a gunman opened fire at a Christmas market in Strasbourg. Three people were killed and 12 others injured.

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Here in the UK, the terror threat level was lowered from “severe” to “substantial” for the first time in five years as announced by the Home Office last week.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said the UK was still at “a high level of threat” and an attack could “occur without further warning”.