The sudden appearance of the police outside Bacton Gas Terminal in North Norfolk on 12th September 2001 only served to highlight the lack of security at the terminal. Now, we read, the Army might be about to take responsibility for the security of the site. This has to be welcomed.
It was well known in North Norfolk that there was just one police car on duty in the early hours of the mornings in the Eastern side of North Norfolk which had to deal with problems at Bacton and problems in the town of North Walsham.
Yet only last year, the Police found details of the Bacton Gas terminal in documents found on Al-Quaeda terrorists.
We need to take seriously the threat to all power stations and other key facilities and I think the army are the right people to do it. let us hope the army are given the budget and that this isn't another case of the government expecting the army to do more on the same money.