The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens and Chief Constable Andy Marsh want to reassure local communities following the recent terrorist attack on London Bridge.
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the dreadful events at London Bridge last week – particularly those injured and the two people who lost their lives, as well as their families.
“We want to express our ongoing support for our police colleagues at the Metropolitan Police and all emergency service colleagues who responded with bravery, compassion and professionalism in such terrible circumstances.
“The tragic deaths of Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones are even more poignant as they were committed to supporting and rehabilitating ex-offenders. They were both determined young adults who saw the goodness in everyone and were passionate about giving people second chances.
“The heroic actions of the brave members of the public who attempted to stop Usman Khan undoubtedly prevented more lives being lost. Their actions prove that we are stronger when we stand together and hate will not divide us.
“The Constabulary and I will continue to work together to answer your questions and ensure we are doing everything we can to keep you safe.”
Chief Constable Andy Marsh added: “The serious incident on London Bridge last week 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.”
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.
Posted on Tuesday 3rd December 2019