Leicestershire’s Chief Constable Simon Cole has condemned last night’s terrorist attack in London in which six people were killed and nearly 50 people injured, including a British Transport Police Officer.
The incident began shortly after 10pm when a white van drove at pedestrians crossing London Bridge, before making its way to the crowded bars and restaurants at Borough Market where the three suspects left the vehicle and began to indiscriminately attack people with knives.
The three suspects were shot dead by armed police a short while later.
Mr Cole said: “Last night’s incident was truly savage, carried out on residents and visitors alike as they enjoyed a night out in the capital. My thoughts, and those of everyone who works for Leicestershire Police, are very much with all those caught up in these horrific and senseless events.”
He said that the attacks, coming so soon after the bomb attack at the Manchester Arena and the previous attack at Westminster on 22 March, would inevitably lead to heightened anxiety .
He said: “That there have been three such terrorist incidents in only a matter of weeks will, of course, give rise to very real worry.
“But we cannot let such incidents cause friction within our communities or stop us living our daily lives. The strong community cohesion that exists in Leicester, in Leicestershire and in Rutland must not be tested by last night’s attacks. We must come together, as we did after Manchester, to support one another and to look out for one another.
“Tragically, last night’s incidents in London provide yet another terrible reminder that we must remain vigilant. People need to be aware of their surroundings and the individuals around them, and look out for signs that someone may be acting strangely and out of character. These could be signs that they are considering committing a criminal act, and we need to hear from anyone with such concerns.”
The Metropolitan Police has set up a casualty bureau for anyone concerned about a relative who may have been in or around London Bridge or the Borough of Southwark last night. It is 0800 0961 233.
The Met has also asked that anyone who has images or film of last night’s incidents to pass those to police by uploading it at www.ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk.
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