Avon and Somerset Constabulary responds to Finsbury Park terror attack
PUBLISHED: 13:04 19 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:04 19 June 2017
Avon and Somerset Constabulary has responded to the terror attack in Finsbury Park, London, in the early hours of this morning (Monday).
A van was driven into a crowd of people outside a mosque just after midnight, leaving one person dead and injuring 10 others.
A 48-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident.
It is the fourth terror attack in Britain since March, with similar vehicle-based attacks taking place in Westminster and London Bridge, plus the Manchester Arena bombing.
The force’s Neighbourhoods and Partnerships Superintendent Andy Bennett said he wanted to ‘reassure’ communities police ‘are doing everything to keep them safe’.
He said: “Everyone has the right to live and worship peacefully without fear of being targeted for their ethnicity or religion.
“Over the coming days our neighbourhood teams will be contacting faith leaders to provide them with reassurance and to address any concerns they may have.”
Mr Bennett said police will be carrying out additional ‘high-visibility patrols’ late into the evening, including in areas around mosques.
He added: “There can never be any excuse for hate crime in any shape or form and criminality of this type will not be tolerated.
“If you are a witness or a victim of hate crime or feel vulnerable please contact someone to report it.
“More people are reporting hate crime than ever before but it is still significantly underreported. Don’t suffer in silence; there are people who can help you.
“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.”
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said her ‘thoughts and prayers’ are with the victims.
She added: “In the wake of this latest event, I want to reassure all our communities that the police are doing everything they can to keep them safe including carrying out additional high-visibility patrols.
“Our beliefs, religion and cultural traditions are what make our communities rich and vibrant. They should not be reasons to target innocent people going about their daily lives.
“Hate cannot and will not divide us. We must stand together to build safer and stronger communities and a more tolerant and respectful society in which we can bring up our children for generations to come.”