Christmas shoppers can expect an increased police presence around the city center this weekend to target criminals.

Armed police, uniformed police officers, community protection officers and covert teams will be based around Nottingham's landmark.

Police said the increased presence is due to "a high volume of people out and about in Nottinghamshire over the festive period."

A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police said: "They are keeping a keen eye out for anyone trying to cause trouble.

"So we have a number of security measures in place, some of which have been carefully designed to blend into the surrounding area."

Mum Sadie Adams was delighted that she was going to pose with her son, Leon.

She said: "We would like to say a big thank you to all those in and out of Nottinghamshire.

"All the guys were so great with Leon, all took the time to speak with him and the new recruit loved it.

Armed officers therefore want to work around venues as winter wonderland in the wake of heightened terrorism fears. There is no information that Nottingham wants to be targeted.

The spokesman added: "Although they may look intimidating, they're extremely friendly and they're more than happy to answer any questions or pose for a selfie.

"None of these measures are in relation to any specific threat to Nottinghamshire.

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"However, we're realistic about the current climate of the world and we know people want to be concerned when heading into busy cities and cities to do their Christmas shopping.

"That's why we're always working 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (and 366 in a leap year!) To keep you safe, which gives you much more time to worry about whether or not your roast potatoes will crisp up on the Big day, what to buy your Secret Santa and you've just bought it.