Statement following attack near Finsbury Park Mosque

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Statement from ACC Kier Pritchard:

“Wiltshire Police are again deeply saddened by the latest attack in London and whilst the full details of the incident are yet to be released one person has sadly died and several others have been injured leaving a mosque in Finsbury Park.

"This incident will undoubtedly cause shock and concern and we would like to reassure all our communities in Wiltshire that we will not tolerate hate crimes of any nature. We are working closely with community leaders to ensure that we are doing everything we can to keep people safe. Security measures at mosques and other significant sites are being reviewed and high visibility patrols for reassurance are being increased.

"I must stress that there is no known specific threat to the county or to the South West region at this time.

"Following incidents such as this, there can be an increase in hate crimes within communities and we must unite and stand together against such hatred. We have seen communities working together offering support to each other after each of these attacks and this is the spirit in which we must continue.

"Be assured that we will take action following any reports of hate crimes, please don’t suffer in silence. Call police on 101 or report via the True Vision website www.report-it.org.uk.

"We are asking the public to look out for and report any suspicious activity. Suspicious activity is anything that seems out of place, unusual or just doesn’t seem to fit in with day-to-day life.

"It may be nothing, but if you see or hear anything that could be terrorist-related trust your instincts and call us. Let us decide whether the information you have is important or not. No piece of information is considered too small or insignificant.

"All information passed to the police through the Anti-Terrorist Hotline is treated in the strictest of confidence. It is thoroughly analysed and researched by experienced officers before, and if, any police action is taken.

"Call us in confidence on 101 or the hotline 0800 78932. In an emergency always dial 999."

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