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London terror attacks: Reassurance given to residents and visitors to Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 11:16 04 June 2017 | UPDATED: 18:28 04 June 2017

Norfolk Police and Crime Commisssioner Lorne Green.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Norfolk Police and Crime Commisssioner Lorne Green. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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Reassurance has been given to residents and tourists that there is no indication of any threat to Norfolk following the London terrorist attack.

A paramedic rushes to the scene as  police are dealing with a A paramedic rushes to the scene as police are dealing with a "major incident" at London Bridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 3, 2017. See PA story POLICE Bridge. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Norfolk police and crime commissioner Lorne Green spoke to the county’s chief constable, Simon Bailey, in the early hours of the morning after the attack in the nation’s capital, which killed seven people.

His first question was whether there were any known threats to Norfolk – but he said: “At this time, there’s no present indication that there’s any threat to people in our county.

“That being said, these appear to be random attacks and we have to be prepared for anything.

“I’m assured by the chief constable that everything possible that can be done is being done.”

Armed Police officer on London Bridge as  police are dealing with a Armed Police officer on London Bridge as police are dealing with a "major incident" at London Bridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 3, 2017. See PA story POLICE Bridge. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

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He added that it is important Norfolk police compares notes and swaps intelligence with other police forces regionally and nationally to have a complete knowledge of any terror threats.

Armed Police officer looks through his weapon on London Bridge as  police are dealing with a Armed Police officer looks through his weapon on London Bridge as police are dealing with a "major incident"in London. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

“The next task for Norfolk police is to gather intelligence available and then decide on the most appropriate response going forward.”

Mr Green added that there were a “minority of dangerous elements” in the country and said people “must be vigilant” – but said: “We mustn’t be cowed.

“Clearly our thoughts and prayers are with all those caught up with this atrocity in London.

“Since the Manchester bombing, we’ve seen evidence of Norfolk police’s dedication to giving reassurance to our community.

Chief Constable Simon Bailey at Norfolk Constabulary Headquarters, Wymondham. Photo : Steve Adams Chief Constable Simon Bailey at Norfolk Constabulary Headquarters, Wymondham. Photo : Steve Adams

“I believe we’re living in one of the safest parts of the country – but we can’t take that for granted and we should be proud our police are well-trained in dealing with events of this kind.

“We can be as assured as we possibly can be in the circumstances that we can go about our daily lives confident that everything possible to keep us safe is being done.

“It’s not all visible what’s being done to keep us safe but I’m in a privileged situation to see the preparation that does go on.”

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Mr Green said he had “enormous admiration and respect for the police and emergency services who put themselves between the community and danger to keep us safe”.

Norfolk’s chief constable Simon Bailey said aftet the attacks: “Once again we have been subjected to the horrors of a terrorist attack with last night’s awful events in London.

“My thoughts are with the families and friends of all those who have been killed and with those who are in hospitals across London.

“My admiration goes out to those members of the public and my colleagues in the emergency services who responded so bravely and undoubtedly prevented further loss of life.

“The only way we will beat the terrorists is if we work together.

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“Norfolk will remain the safe place it is if we remain vigilant and report any concerns or any suspicious behaviour

that the public deem to be suspicious.”

Suffolk police and crime commissioner, Tim Passmore, said: “This is cowardly and despicable and desperately sad for the victims families who are in our thoughts.

“If these people think they are going to intimidate us - they are very mistaken. It is important that we do not let these callous individuals intimidate us.

“I would like to remind and reassure people that our security across Suffolk continues in order to keep everyone safe.

“For upcoming events, like Latitude and the Elton John concert at Portman Road, we have a huge amount of planning in place ahead of these and there is no cause for people to be alarmed.

“We had record numbers with the success of this years Suffolk Show, and I hope that will reassure people that were is no need to be intimidated.

“I would advice everyone to please be aware and vigilant, and always dial 999 immediately if you see anything suspicious.”

Suffolk Constabulary’s chief constable, Gareth Wilson, said on Twitter: “As we wake up and hear of the incident in London, my thoughts are will those who have been affected.”

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