Steel spiked net to prevent vehicle attacks

A net of steel spikes designed to stop vehicles being used in terror attacks has been unveiled by police at a London event.

The Naval Association Parade in Whitehall saw the Metropolitan Police use the device for the first time, with the net expected to become a regular feature of large events.

The Talon, which can be deployed by two officers in less than a minute, can stop a vehicle weighing up to 17 tonnes by puncturing its tyres. It is designed to ensure that the vehicle skids in a straight line, significantly reducing risk to crowds.

Chief Inspector Nick Staley of the Met’s Protective Security Operations Unit said: “This equipment undoubtedly has the potential to save lives and is just one of a number of measures being taken to provide protection to crowds attending major events in London and reassuring businesses, workers and visitors as they go about their daily lives."

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