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Here is a selection of your comments on Kenyon Confronts: Shopping for Terror.

I am a firefighter in West Yorkshire. Our fire service is not ready or adequately trained, and does not have proper equipment to deal with a terrorist attack. We do not have enough chemical suits, or even breathing apparatus on the fire engines for our own personnel in the event of an attack. So we cannot even protect ourselves, and we have never done a single drill. Our decontamination pack consists of a sponge, a brush and a spray bottle of detergent. The government will not tell you this. And we are the response if anything happens.
Andy, West Yorkshire

This programme has highlighted interesting questions for the government to address. Why is there no information available to the public on what to do in the event of an attack? This is now a reality in the world we live in, and having the information could only assist the public.

This programme seems to be yet another dig at the government
Alister Scott

I thought the episode was incredibly one-sided and a little naive. In a free society, we have just that, freedom. It is an impossible task to protect everyone from everything in such a climate, and I for one would not want to.
Lee Armstrong

As a company we realised how dangerous the scenarios highlighted by Kenyon Confronts were. So we sourced portable protection kits and issued them to those staff we thought most at risk. We see it as a small insurance policy. The programme has justified our decision.
Peter Mulliner

This programme seems to be another dig at the government and I do feel it will have the effect of producing not mass panic, but mass confusion. The government has made its decision, whether right or wrong, on its method of how to deal with possible terrorist scenarios. The security services have been planning and exercising their responses in accordance with this. So why did the BBC have to go and throw and spanner in the works?
Alister Scott

To raise the issue with a mainly civilian audience is a brave and bold step
Garry, Armed forces

Did any of the people portrayed in this episode actually break the law? If not why did Mr Kenyon and his camera crew thrust themselves into the faces of these characters as if they had? This method is used rather a lot in your work and it is getting very irritating. It serves no purpose, what are you expecting the recipient to do?
Chris Giles, Weybridge

It is great to see the truth coming out about the abuse of legislation surrounding lethal chemicals being sold and transported around the UK. And nothing has been done to further awareness, as seen in the USA and Australia. I suppose the only time something will get done is when a disaster happens, and only then if we are lucky. For many it will probably too late.
Chris Page, Northampton

I am totally against the type of information that you are giving out on your programme. Perhaps it is - as you put it - for the common good to expose how easy it is to obtain materials to promote terror, but you might as well publish how to make a bomb. This is BBC at its worst.
John Wells, Brussels

Nuclear, biological and chemical warfare is my area of expertise in the armed forces. I found many areas of your programme long overdue as a topic of discussion . When teaching the subject to military personal, I find it can be difficult to convey the threat posed by these weapons without causing undue worry. So to raise the issue with a mainly civilian audience is a brave and bold step, and I hope people take the context of the programme in the spirit it was meant.
Garry, Warminster

Thank you for bringing this extremely important issue to the screens of British television
Alan Cooper, Romford

I stopped watching 'Shopping for Terror' after about 10 minutes. I cannot remember the last time I viewed such weak, sensation seeking, tabloid journalism from the BBC. At the very least the investigation into how chemical components could be obtained failed to cover numerous other possible options. Students at universities have access to chemicals, employees at legitimate businesses do, and they could be brought across the channel on a ferry. Either you have let yourself down or I have finally hit middle age.
Robert Henderson

Thank you for bringing this extremely important issue to the screens of British television. I was very surprised to discover how easy it is to purchase chemicals 'over the counter'. I am absolutely disgusted by the government's attitude. Surely, it should be undertaking these investigations as a matter of course, and on a continual basis. The public should be informed and given guidelines on how to deal with such attacks. Leaflets should be sent to every address in Britain.
Alan Cooper, Romford

I have just seen Kenyon Confronts for the first time and found it to be very informative, quality programming, and I look forward to the next episode.
Anthony Herbert, Margate

You might as well publish how to make a bomb
John Wells, Brussels

This was a very good programme, but it is being shown at a ridiculous time of night. It must have terrified the life out of pre-teens and teenagers. Surely it could have been scheduled for after the watershed? Please give more thought to how it might upset younger viewers who do not have the advantage of a wider perspective on life. I agree that we should be informed but please more thought about the broadcast time.
Lyn Newman, Ashford Middlesex

Well done BBC. This was one of the most irresponsible programmes I have ever seen. Do you not think the authorities are already aware of how easy this sort of thing is? And thanks to your programme, millions of people also know. It will only take one Islamic terrorist now living in the UK to follow up on your wonderful advice.
David Bratton

It is this kind of fear mongering which needlessly scares people, therefore helping terrorism, while inspiring the terrorists themselves
James Belding, London

The episode on purchasing chemicals etc. for terrorist attacks was interesting but hardly mind-blowing. After all, Northern Irish terrorists have been making bombs out of fertiliser and household chemicals for donkey's years, not much of a step to upgrade to something a little more terrorising. If we completely restricted the sale of all chemicals that could be used as, or to manufacture, chemical weapons, the country would grind to a halt. And then who has won?
Robbie, Egham

What are you doing? Why do you not call the programme 'Kenyon shows potential terrorists how easy it is to make weapons of mass destruction'? It is this kind of fear mongering which needlessly scares people, therefore helping terrorism, while inspiring the terrorists themselves.
James Belding, London

The comments we publish are not necessarily the views of the BBC but will reflect the balance of views we have received.


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