Nottinghamshire Police Officers in Old Market Square, Nottingham

Nottinghamshire police are increasing security measures for the Old Market Square Winter Wonderland, with armed police a possibility.

The news comes after several city councils across the United Kingdom announced that they would be seeing larger police presence at such events.

Armed police had previously patrolled the city’s centre during the summer following attacks in London and Manchester during a period of critical terror alert in Britain.

This year’s Nottingham Christmas market is also the first since the deadly attack on Berlin’s version of the event last winter, which killed 12 and injured 56 others.

Nottinghamshire Police had previously decided against having armed police at the Goose Fair during October, despite rumours suggesting otherwise.

A statement from the police said: “You may see increased numbers of officers at tonight’s Christmas light switch-on and over the coming weeks.”

“These officers will range from uniformed police officers and Community Protection officers to our specially trained covert teams, who are keeping a keen eye out for anyone trying to cause trouble.”

Mandy Bedford, 47, owns an accessory stall at Nottingham’s Christmas market and believes the presence of armed police is a step in the right direction.

“My thoughts are that it makes anywhere safer, especially at an event like this.”

“With the terrorism threat being so high these days, I feel like it’s necessary here. I certainly feel safer with them around.”

The Nottingham Winter Wonderland will run until Sunday December 31, and hopes to draw thousands of visitors into the city centre.