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Statement from ACC Sarah Boycott following events in London last night

19/06/2017

Following recent terrorism attacks, West Midlands Police continues to work closely with the Metropolitan Police Service. And, after last night’s attack near a North London mosque, this work continues apace.

Assistant Chief Constable Sarah Boycott said: “Our thoughts are with all those affected by last night’s events.
“As people would expect, we’re continuing to review our already well-rehearsed plans and will take any steps necessary to keep our communities safe. 
“Communities will see additional officers across the West Midlands and at places of worship in response to the latest attack. We will continue to work closely together and unite against those who seek, through violence and extremism, to intimidate or cause fear.”
Firearms officers have been a familiar sight in recent weeks as armed cops were deployed on the streets to reassure the public. The force’s firearms officers remain on mobile patrol and standby 24/7 to protect the public against the threat of gun or knife crime.
These officers are trained to the highest standard and are on hand and equipped to swiftly respond to any emerging incidents should the need arise.
As ever, the public are urged to contact police with any information, or anything that they think is suspicious - call the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: “The incident in Finsbury Park was an awful and cowardly attack during the holy month of Ramadan. My thoughts are with the victims of the attack and their families.

“It was an attack on all decent people in our country. It sought to divide us and sow the seeds of hatred. We will not let it succeed.

“I am working closely with the Chief Constable and West Midlands Police to reassure the public and ensure that people are protected.

“I would urge people to be vigilant, but to get on with their lives as normal.

“I am looking forward to attending an iftar tomorrow at the Sultan Bahu Mosque in Birmingham, celebrating the work of the emergency services.”