London attacks – Chief Executive’s statement

Published: Monday, 5 June 2017

Following the attacks in London on Saturday 3 June, Chief Executive of Havering Council, Andrew Blake-Herbert, has issued the following statement.

“To say that I am shocked and saddened by the events that took place on Saturday simply isn’t enough. I know that people are feeling nervous and worried, and I’d like to reassure the public, that they will see an additional police presence – both armed and unarmed officers - across the Capital to keep people safe.

“I also offer my heartfelt condolences to those who lost a loved one during the attacks, and my thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected by this incident.

“It is at times like this that we realise the instrumental efforts of our emergency services to protect and serve us all on a daily basis without a thought for themselves, and I can’t express enough my gratitude to these brave men and women.

“We must continue to go about our lives as normal, and show those who seek to divide us that we are strong and resilient. London will keep moving, and despite horrific events like this, we remain united.

“All transport is now up and running again but a police cordon remains around Borough Market.”

The flags outside Havering Town Hall have been lowered to half-mast as a mark of respect and in memory of the victims who were killed in London.

Vigilant behaviour by the public has been known to disrupt an attack in its planning stages. We would ask the public to continue to be attentive.

Police advice is: if you suspect it, report it by contacting police directly on 999 or the anti-terrorism hotline on 0800 789 321.

It is also possible to raise concerns with police about possible terrorist activity online: www.met.police.uk/tell-us-about/possible-terrorist-activity 

More information about the support available for people who have been affected by the attacks can be found here: www.gov.uk/guidance/london-bridge-and-borough-market-attacks-june-2017-support-for-people-affected