Strengthening Our Borders

Dedicated Ports Officers from the North East Counter Terrorism Unit work alongside local police forces to police airfields and harbours throughout the region and keep our borders safe.

Together, these officers seek to gather intelligence and information about a wide range of crimes, including offences of terrorism, smuggling, contraband and illegal immigration. To tackle these issues, the Unit works closely with North East forces, the National Crime Agency and the UK Border Force, which is responsible for enforcing immigration and custom regulations.

Projects’ Kraken and Pegasus

Two national projects help to keep the UK’s airfields, marinas and waterways a safe place to live, work and visit.

Project Kraken and Project Pegasus aim to increase awareness of activity at these locations which may be linked to terrorism, or serious and organised crime. They encourage the public to stay alert and to report suspicious activity to police.
Click the links below to find out more:
Read more about Project Kraken here.
Read more about Project Pegasus here.

How can you help?

We all have a responsibility when it comes to countering terrorism and protecting our borders from crime. By working together and responding to suspicious behaviour we can help to prevent and disrupt terrorist and criminal activities.

  • Local residents, enthusiasts the general public are encouraged to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious to the police
  • Those visiting, or working at ports, small airfields and harbours should be alert at all times. If you spot anything unusual, or have any information regarding  possible criminal or terrorist activity, immediately share your concerns with the police
  • Owners and users of light aircraft and vessels MUST be aware of their legal responsibilities and ensure they comply with them

What should you look out for at ports, small airfields and harbours?

Information for general aviation and maritime users (PDF 152kb)

What should you do?

If you’ve seen activity or behaviour which you feel is suspicious, please report it.

For a non-urgent crime or incident, or to provide information, call:

  • The Confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321
  • Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
  • The police non-emergency number 101
  • In the case of an emergency, or an immediate threat, always dial 999.


Call the confidential hotline on 0800 789 321
In an emergency, always dial 999