ARMED police officers have been spotted in Blackburn town centre.

Two officers, carrying rifles, are posted outside the Halifax bank in King William Street.

A police spokesman at the scene said an incident has not occurred and the officers have been deployed to reassure the public.

The spokesman said: "I can confirm we are not here due to an incident.

"We have been positioned here to help reassure Blackburn shoppers in the town centre."

It comes in the wake of Friday's terror attack on London Bridge.

The man who carried out the stab attack at London Bridge on Friday, named by police as Usman Khan, had previously been jailed for terrorism offences.

Khan, 28, was wearing a GPS police tag and was out of prison on licence when he launched his attack, in which a man and a woman were killed and three others were injured.

Khan was shot dead by officers after members of the public restrained him.

A police spokesman said: "We would like to reassure you that this is nothing to be concerned about.

"Patrols have been out and about in busy areas across the county following the terror attack at London Bridge on Friday, but there is no intelligence to suggest a threat to Lancashire.

"It is simply a precaution.

"If you have any concerns at all feel free to speak to one of our officers; they are there to keep you safe."