Statement from Head of Community Safety regarding terror attack at London Bridge and Borough Market

Release Date: 06 June 2017

I’m sure you will have seen on the news the appalling and tragic incident that took place on Saturday night. Our thoughts are with all of those affected, those injured and the families of those people who died whilst enjoying a Saturday night out. We do not yet have full details of the victims.

There was a national minute's silence held today at 11am in remembrance and there is a book of condolence open at Southwark Council headquarters in Tooley Street. It will move to Southwark Cathedral once the police cordon around the site of the Borough Market attack is lifted.

 

Many people have stood together in the rain to pay their respects and lay flowers. We mourn together, and we come together in solidarity and condemnation of the terrorist attacks.

 

The police investigation still continues - the third suspect has now been named and further arrests have been made. There will also be police out on patrol in Richmond.

 

This is a worrying time for people – and we still need your help.

 

We are asking that you remain vigilant and that if you see anything suspicious, anything at all, or you are concerned about anyone at all, even if you think it is very insignificant, don't hesitate to contact us on the anti-terrorism hotline on 0800 789 321. Your information could be vital.

 

We also know that some people in Richmond upon Thames feel worried and that others may seek to use these terrible circumstances to divide communities. Police and council staff from the Community Safety Service will be contacting community and faith organisations to see how people are feeling over the next few days.

 

Hate crime will not be tolerated and all incidents will be treated seriously if you have experienced hate crime please report it as soon as possible.

You can report hate crime:

  • To the police by calling 999 in an emergency or 101
  • To the Council via our online form
  • To Stop Hate UK:
    • By free phone on 0800 138 1625
    • By web-chat
    • By email to talk@stophateuk.org
    • By text to 07717 989 025
    • By text relay to 18001 0800 1381625 (if you are deaf, or have speech or hearing impairments)
    • Online

 

You can find further information about on-going support for those affected on GOV.UK.

Further information can also be found on the Metropolitan Police website as well as the Richmond Police or Richmond Council Twitter feeds.

 

Robyn Thomas,

Head of Community Safety
Richmond Council

Updated: 30 June 2017