Sussex Police Respond To Finsbury Park Attack

Monday 19th June 2017

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Policing continues to be under review across Sussex, to address community reassurance and security following the terror attack outside the Muslim Welfare House on Seven Sisters Road, near Finsbury Park Mosque.

Leading the response for Surrey and Sussex Police, Deputy Chief Constable Bernie O’Reilly said, “Our thoughts are with those affected in this latest attack.

"The victims were from the Muslim community, observing Ramadan. It is important to acknowledge that an attack on any specific community or faith is an attack on everyone and we won’t let terrorists win by dividing us.

“It is natural that there will be heightened concerns at local mosques and in surrounding communities.

“While details emerge about what happened through this Met Police-led investigation, security is being reviewed in both Surrey and Sussex Police in order for us to keep people safe.

“As we approach the end of the month of Ramadan and the celebration of Eid with many Muslims going to local mosques, we are liaising with local Muslim groups and mosques to talk through any concerns and will be targeting patrols to help reassure local communities.

“Terrorism and extremism is not limited to people from any particular background, as this event reminds us all and it is important for the public to work with us, and remain vigilant as we tackle the on-going terrorist threats from people with various motivations.

“Please report any suspicious activity using the Anti-Terrorist Hotline number 0800 789 321 or 999 in an emergency.

"This is a time for us all to work closely together and unite against those who seek, through violence or extremism, to intimidate or cause fear."

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