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Chief Constable’s statement following London Bridge terrorism incident

Chief Constable Andy Marsh
Chief Constable Andy Marsh

The serious incident on London Bridge earlier today in which two people died and several others were hurt is of great concern. The Metropolitan Police have declared it as a terrorist incident and Counter Terrorism Command are leading the investigation.

We’re offering our full support to the Met Commissioner Cressida Dick and City of London Police Commissioner Ian Dyson at what must be an extremely difficult time. Our thoughts go out to the loved ones of those who died, those who were injured, those who witnessed what happened or intervened, and those members of the emergency services who responded with great professionalism in harrowing circumstances.

At this time there’s no intelligence to link this event to the Avon and Somerset area, but I still want to reassure our communities that we have long established and well-rehearsed plans in place to deal with attacks of this nature.

Our officers will be carrying out enhanced high-visibility patrols of busy areas this weekend to provide extra reassurance. If you have any concerns, please stop an officer and talk to them. As always, we’re calling on the public and those who work in our towns and cities to remain vigilant and report any concerns to the police by calling 999, or you can report suspicious activity in confidence at gov.uk/ACT – more information can be found via Twitter @terrorismpolice or on the CT Policing website.

We must remain united in our communities, stand together and not allow terrorism or hatred to prevail. It must not divide us.

We’re aware that following incidents such as this, there can be an increase in hate crimes within our communities. We’ll be reaching out to reassure and strengthen bonds with the communities we serve. Let us be clear, there can never be any excuse for hate crime in any shape or form and this criminality will not be tolerated.

More than ever in these uncertain times we want those who are victims of hate crime to feel confident that we’ll take your reports seriously, protect you and make sure you get the support you need. So, if you are a witness or a victim of hate crime or feel vulnerable please contact someone to report it. You can call the police on 101, Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or via their website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or visit the True Vision website www.report-it.org.uk for information, advice and to report online. In an emergency, always dial 999.

We promise to continue to work together every day to keep you safe.