Increased Herts police presence in response to London terror attacks

PUBLISHED: 19:20 04 June 2017 | UPDATED: 19:45 04 June 2017

Armed police on St Thomas Street, London, near the scene of last night's terrorist incident at Borough Market. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Armed police on St Thomas Street, London, near the scene of last night's terrorist incident at Borough Market. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

There will be an increased visible police presence in the county over the coming days following last night’s terror attack in London, Hertfordshire Constabulary has confirmed.

Seven people were killed and at least 48 injured after a vehicle was driven into passers-by on London Bridge before three knife attackers stabbed victims in Borough Market.

The terrorists were later shot dead by armed police.

It is the third major terrorist attack in the UK this year, and follows the bomb blast at an Ariana Grande pop concert in Manchester a fortnight ago and an attack on Westminster Bridge on March 22.

Herts Police is asking the public to be alert, but not alarmed.

Chief Superintendent Matt Nicholls said: “Following the tragic events of last night our thoughts are first and foremost with those caught up in the incidents as well as their friends and families during this difficult time.

“Sadly some seven people have been killed and around 50 others injured, some critically.

“While we currently do not believe there is any direct link with Hertfordshire, the Constabulary is however responding to these events today and in the coming week.

“As part of that response there will be an increased visible policing presence throughout the county.

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“We are committed to maintaining Hertfordshire as a safe place to live, work and visit for everyone.

“We continue to work with our communities, reassure them and with our national and local partners, to monitor the security situation and coordinate our response effectively.”

He added: “The terror threat level remains at severe, which means that an attack is highly likely, and we would therefore ask the public to continue to be alert, but not alarmed, and remain vigilant to any suspicious activity.

“We would urge people to report concerns to the confidential police hotline on 0800 789 321. In an emergency call 999.

“I would urge people to familiarise themselves with the national Run Hide Tell guidance in case of being caught up in an incident.”

“You can view a video on this subject here www.gov.uk/government/publications/stay-safe-film.”

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