Statement: Parsons Green Incident - update

Read the latest update from the Leader of the Council, Cllr Steve Curran

Published: Saturday, 16th September 2017

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Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council said:

"Following the terrorist incident at Parsons Green yesterday [Friday 15th September] we urge communities in Hounslow to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to the police immediately.

"If you see something that doesn’t feel right, you should tell a member of rail staff or a police officer what you have seen. You can use the anti-terrorist hotline: 0800 789 321, or in an emergency, always call 999.

"The independent Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has raised the threat level from severe to critical. This means that their assessment is not only that a terrorist attack is highly likely but that a further attack may be imminent. Military personnel have been drafted in protect national infrastructure sites, allowing additional armed police officers to carry out patrols.

"We can expect to see more officers, both armed and unarmed, on patrol by foot and in vehicles over the weekend. In particular, they will be patrolling at crowded places, iconic sites, transport hubs and ports. This may mean disruption for those who are travelling. The public are asked to be patient and plan ahead, allowing time for delays.

"Police are reviewing the security of events across the UK and working with businesses and organisers to make events as secure as possible. Security checks at events will be enhanced, so people attending events should arrive early and allow extra time for these checks."