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Security at polling stations under constant review, says police chief

By Hayden Smith

Security around polling stations across the UK is constantly being reviewed and updated in the wake of the terrorist attacks that have hit Britain, a senior police officer has said.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D'Orsi acknowledged that today's General Election was taking place during "unprecedented times".

Atrocities in Westminster, Manchester and London Bridge have left the UK on high alert.

The official threat level stands at severe, the second highest rating, indicating an attack is seen as "highly likely".

Ms D'Orsi, the National Police Chiefs Council lead for protective security, said: "Security around polling stations is constantly being reviewed and updated by local police forces.

"Plans are in place to make sure that resources are appropriately allocated.

"The general threat level remains at severe, so we continue to ask the public to be alert and to report any concerns to police.

"We appreciate that these are unprecedented times and together with our partners we continue to keep communities safe."

Meanwhile, opinion polls continued to paint a mixed picture as the General Election campaign drew to its conclusion.

Theresa May's Conservatives could have a lead as big as 12 points or as small as five points over Jeremy Corbyn's Labour, according to the latest clutch of polls.

The Tory lead was 12 points according to an ICM poll for the Guardian.

ICM's preliminary findings put Mrs May's party on 46%, up one point compared to a poll on Monday, with Labour unchanged on 34%.

The Lib Dems were down one point on 7%, the SNP up one on 5%, Ukip unchanged on 5% and the Greens down one on 2%.

A Comres poll for the Independent gave the Tories a 10 point lead over Labour.

The poll had the Tories down three points on 44%, Labour down one point on 34%, the Lib Dems up one on 9%, Ukip up one on 5%, the SNP on 4% and the Greens on 2%.

The Liberal Democrats are losing voters to both major parties, with two fifths of their 2015 voters saying they will now either vote Labour (22%) or Conservative (19%).

But with Kantar Public, the Tory lead was just five points, with the Conservatives on 43%, Labour on 38%, the Lib Dems on 7% and Ukip and the SNP both on 4%.

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