Police patrols around mosques and other places of worship in Tower Hamlets and the rest of London have been increased in direct response to the brutal attack in Finsbury Park.
“Understandably there will be concerns amongst many in the East End following last night’s attack.,” said Mayor John Biggs in a press statement.
“This morning my Cabinet Member for Community Safety Cllr. Asma Begum and I met with the Borough Commander to discuss the situation and we fully support her decision to step up high-visibility patrols around places of worship in the borough to reassure residents.”
Cllr Asma Begum said: “The attack in Finsbury Park is an awful reminder of the threat hatred poses to all our communities. In response to the attack the council has convened an emergency meeting to bring together the police, religious and community leaders to address the issues raised.”
“London is a city of many faiths and many nationalities. An attack on one community is an attack on all of us. Terrorists will not succeed in their attempts to divide us and make us live in fear,” said Cressida Dick, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.
“Extra officers are on duty in the area [Finsbury Park] to help reassure the local community. They will be there for as long as they are needed. Communities will see additional officers patrolling across the city and at Muslim places of worship. We are working as hard as we can to protect all our communities, and we will not be defeated.”
Any members of the public with any information about this incident, or anything that causes them concern or suspicion, are urged to call the police on 0800 789 321.