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Statement a week on from terrorist incident in Westminster

John Campion 

A week on from the terrorist incident in Westminster the Chief Constable of West Mercia Police Anthony Bangham and Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion have reaffirmed their ongoing commitment to public safety.

Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, said: “A week ago today our country was shaken by the events in Westminster. This will, no doubt, have caused our communities to reflect and some people may feel fearful. To those people I would like to reassure you that we are committed to keeping you and your family safe and there is no intelligence to suggest a specific threat to our communities.

“Community policing remains at the very heart of all we do and our local policing approach is supported by an armed capability, available 24 hours a day across the force area, to both prevent incidents and respond swiftly where we are needed.

“Last week’s events were also a stark reminder of the risks those who serve within the police service take every single day in order to protect the public and I never fail to be humbled by the bravery of police officers both within our own force and nationally.

“Time will not heal the pain caused to the family and friends of PC Keith Palmer, Aysha Frade, Kurt Cochran and Leslie Rhodes and the thoughts of all of us at West Mercia Police remain with them.”

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said “The commitment and dedication demonstrated by West Mercia officers and staff is something that I see day in, day out. I would like to reassure the public that they work extremely hard to keep our communities safe. The Chief and I are committed to ensuring that resources are provided to tackle all types of crime. These resources are prioritised accordingly to ensure that all that is needed is done to prevent threats to our communities. Our thoughts remain with the victims of the attack in Westminster. We will be forever indebted to those that make the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe.”

It is important that the police and the public work together to combat terrorism. If you have any information about suspicious activity or behaviour you can report it in confidence by calling the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or by using the secure form at www.gov.uk/ACT. In an emergency situation call 999.

Issued: Wednesday 29th March 2017

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