Police have launched a massive security operation around places of worship throughout Britain following the North London van attack1. Extra officers have been deployed to patrol mosques, churches, synagogues and temples to combat hate crimes and terror attacks.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan2, said: The Met have deployed extra police to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan. But Labour called for a massive boost to security checks on all mosques in a bid to stop another attack.
Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott took to Twitter about policing (Photo: Getty) Home Secretary Amber Rudd said 2.4million was designated last year (Photo: Getty Images Europe)
Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott tweeted: Shocking terror attack outside Finsbury Park mosque . Police must urgently review security for all mosques.
Amber Rudd3, the Home Secretary, stressed that 2.4mllion had been designated to protecting places of worship last year. She said more than a dozen mosques were being given special attention by police.
Officers at MI5 are stepping surveillance operations on right-wing organisations suspected
of wanting to launch attacks against Islamic targets like mosques and community centres.
Gun cops stood guard at Finsbury Park mosque (Photo: EPA) Armed officers are a more common sight on Britain’s streets (Photo: PA)
But both police and MI5 are hugely stretched by the ongoing terror threat, with the Security Service having to prioritise some surveillance jobs over others.
Intelligence gathering can be very methodical and painstaking but the pace of threat at the moment is speeding that process up.
That means mistakes could be made and certain things overlooked.
The Champions Trophy is set to continue under heightened security in the wake of the London terror attack on Saturday night. Seven people were killed and dozens more injured by three terrorists just two miles from The Oval, one of the three venues hosting the global cricket tournament. The International Cricket Council said in a statement: “Our thoughts are with everyone affected by what has happened in London overnight.
“The ICC and ECB England and Wales Cricket Board continue to place safety and security at the ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Women’s World Cup this summer as the highest priority.”
The ICC added swift measures were immediately taken to ensure the safety of competing teams around the country. Sunday’s Champions Trophy match between India and Pakistan at Edgbaston went ahead amid increased security and was preceded by a minute’s silence. The statement continued: “Following last night’s incident all team hotels went into lockdown and teams, match officials and staff were all quickly accounted for.
“The enhanced security around venues implemented following the Manchester attack remains in place, and this includes significantly enhanced police and security presence for today’s match.
“The security situation has been very much front and centre of our preparations, and we constantly review our procedures to guarantee they are as effective as possible to keep everyone safe.”
England’s next fixture is against New Zealand in Cardiff on Tuesday while Australia meet Bangladesh at The Oval on Monday – with the two teams set to train at the venue on Sunday. A Cricket Australia spokesman said: “As with the rest of the world, the Australian team is shocked and saddened at the events that have occurred in London overnight and our thoughts are with those directly involved and their loved ones.
“The team, support staff and travelling contingent have been accounted for . Our security team is working closely with the ICC and LOC to ensure the safety and security of our players and support staff is paramount.
“At this stage we are comfortable with the level of security being provided to us and will continue to monitor the situation.”
The ECB tweeted: “Our thoughts go to all of those affected by last night’s shocking events in London along with our admiration for those supporting them.”
South Wales Police said events in Cardiff Bay following Saturday night’s Champions League final would go ahead as planned.
“Our thoughts are with the people affected by the events in London last night,” assistant chief constable Richard Lewis said in a statement.
“The UCL festival continues and we would like to reassure people that plans in place for today remain significant and people will continue to see a large police presence throughout Cardiff.”
Captain Sam Warburton says the thoughts of the British and Irish Lions, who played the first match of their New Zealand tour on Saturday, are with those affected.
“The guys have woken up to some news of some unfortunate events that happened in London,” he said.
“I just wanted to wish those involved all the best wishes from the Lions players and management.
“Our thoughts are always with the people back home in Britain and Ireland . Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to the families and people involved in that incident.”
England’s football team, who are preparing for games in Scotland and France, expressed their condolences on social media.
“Our thoughts and sympathies are with the victims and their families and friends following the attacks in London on Saturday evening,” England tweeted. Arsenal and Tottenham were among the London clubs to post their sympathies.
“Our thoughts are with all those affected by last night’s attack #LondonBridge,” Arsenal said.
Spurs posted: “The thoughts of everyone at the club are with all those affected by the tragic events in London last night.”
In Saint Etienne Team Sky lined up at the front of the peloton for a minute’s silence on the start line of the Criterium du Dauphine, where Chris Froome is this week bidding for a record fourth overall victory as he tests his form for the Tour de France. Speaking to the event website about the attacks, Froome said: “Of course it’s pretty scary . It’s close to home for a lot people .
It’s something happening far too regularly these days .
From our point of view, as a team, our sympathy goes to everyone affected by this attack.”
Two major events in Manchester will take place on Sunday despite the London attack, police have said
Additional security measures including searches will be in place with people urged not to bring bags if they can. The One Love benefit concert for the victims of last month’s Manchester bombing will take place at Old Trafford cricket ground on Sunday. Ariana Grande, whose concert at Manchester Arena was targeted, will feature alongside Coldplay, Take That and Katy Perry.
Meanwhile, Old Trafford football ground will host a testimonial match for United and England veteran Michael Carrick. Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan from Greater Manchester Police said: We re deeply saddened to hear about last night s horrific attacks in London and our thoughts are with everyone affected, including the emergency services responding to the incident. There are two large-scale events taking place in Greater Manchester today (Sunday) and we would like to assure people that these will still take place, but with additional security in place to ensure the safety of everyone.
We have dedicated resources at both events, with a significant number of officers from both GMP and colleagues from other forces, some of which will be armed. There will be additional security checks taking place and everyone will be searched, including bags . We would ask people not to bring bags if they can, as this will help speed up entry.
I d like to remind people that the threat level remains at severe, which means an attack is highly likely. Please remain vigilant at all times and report anything suspicious that causes you concern to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or 999 in an emergency. Related articles: