Nov 25, 2015 1:51 PM

Nashua to boost police presence on Saturday in response to local security fears

NASHUA - Terror attacks abroad have triggered local concerns about security, leading local police to increase their presence at the city's Winter Holiday Stroll on Saturday.

According to The Telegraph of Nashua, Deputy Chief Denis Linehan said there is no specific threat.

"I know there are some people who are kind of concerned about what's been going on. There's nothing specific," Linehan said. "It's reassurance more than anything, based on some concerns."

Linehan said 15-20 more officers will be in the downtown area during the stroll, some uniformed and some plainclothed. Intersections also may be barricaded differently, Linehan said.

Police are planning for somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 people to gather in a relatively small area of a few city blocks.

Linehan said police discussed increasing their presence at the event after hearing what he called general concerns from some residents following terrorist attacks on so-called soft targets like restaurants and a theater in Paris and a hotel in Mali days later.

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