Leicestershire’s Chief Constable Simon Cole has condemned the terrorist attack in North London which left one man dead and several others injured.
A van is thought to have deliberately mounted the pavement near the Finsbury Park Mosque and driven at a group of worshippers who were making their way home after attending evening prayers.
One person died at the scene and ten people were taken to hospital suffering from injuries.
A 48-year-old man, believed to be the driver of the van, was detained at the scene by eye-witnesses and is now in police custody in hospital where he is being assessed.
Mr Cole said the attack, which happened shortly after midnight this morning, was “shocking and horrific”.
He said: “It appears to be a deliberate attack on innocent members of a particular community as they walked home after prayers.
“The reverberations of this incident will reach many of our communities here in Leicester, and my officers will be working hard today to provide very visible reassurance and support to those who will understandably be particularly worried by the events overnight. We will be speaking to community leaders to see what help we can provide to alleviate any anxieties and concerns this shocking incident will have caused.
“Like the terrorist incidents in London and Manchester, this incident is an attack on our shared values – values of mutual respect and of tolerance.
“It is at times like this that the strength of our communities, the strength of our community support and cohesion, and the strength of our values will be demonstrated and reaffirmed.”
The incident is being investigated by the Counter Terrorist Command of the Metropolitan Police and is being treated as a terrorist incident.
If you have information about possible terrorist activity, call the police anti-terrorist hotline: 0800 789 321.
You can also call Leicestershire Police on 101 to report anything that you consider suspicious or connected with terrorism.
Source:: Leicestershire Police News