Essex Police to increase patrols in light of Westminster attacks

News / Wed 22nd Mar 2017 at 07:19pm

Acting Assistant Chief Constable Andy Prophet said:

“On behalf of Essex Police I want to offer the thoughts and prayers of the entire force to members of the public killed, injured or affected by the incident in London today. We of course also join our colleagues in the Metropolitan Police Service in grief for the loss of a serving officer.

This has been declared a terrorist incident in London and is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command.

In Essex tonight, and until further notice, there will be increased visible police patrol including additional armed officers and other specialist resources.

I urge the public to be alert but not alarmed. Police forces and our partners are doing everything we can to help protect the security of our citizens, public institutions, critical national infrastructure, and businesses and places.

This is a time for communities in Essex to remain resilient, compassionate and supportive of each other. Should anyone have any concerns or see anything suspicious I would urge them to report it immediately by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency.”

Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council, issues statement on Westminster terrorist attack

Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council, said: “The thoughts and prayers of everyone in Essex are with the families and friends of those killed or injured in today’s Westminster terrorist attack.

“Special praise is reserved for the brave police officer sadly killed in this afternoon’s disgraceful attack.

“We must remain strong and vigilant in the face of terror attacks. Those who pursue their aims through terror will never succeed.”


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