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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.
A major police security operation was underway today as thousands flocked to London1 to see Trooping the Colour to mark the Queen2‘s official birthday. All senior royals including The Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William will gather for the major occasion, also known as The Queen s Birthday Parade. The Duchess of Cambridge along with Prince George and Princess Charlotte are expected to appear on the balcony at Buckingham Palace following the spectacle.
Extra police will be on duty around the palace to ensure the area is secure following the London and Manchester terror attacks. Prince William at last year’s event (EPA)
Snipers will be positioned on nearby roof tops and plain clothes officers will mingle among the crowds to bolster the uniformed police presence. The traditional celebrations came as The Queen, ahead of the event, issued a statement saying the UK has been “resolute in the face of adversity” following recent tragedies in London and Manchester.
Happy family: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at last year’s event (REUTERS/Toby Melville)
She said: “Today is traditionally a day of celebration . This year, however, it is difficult to escape a very sombre national mood.”
The Head of State released her statement on her official birthday, the day after she visited the survivors and heroes of the Grenfell Tower tragedy accompanied by Prince William.
“In recent months, the country has witnessed a succession of terrible tragedies,” Her Majesty said.
“As a nation, we continue to reflect and pray for all those who have been directly affected by these events. Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh leaving Buckingham Palace in central London to view the Trooping the Colour ceremony (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)
“During recent visits in Manchester and London, I have been profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need.”
The monarch visited the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital following the Manchester Arena attack in which 22 people were killed following an Ariana Grande concert.
She added: “Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity.
“United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favour, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss.”
Prince Philip waves to crowds as he and the Queen travel to Horse Guards Parade for Trooping the Colour last year (AFP/Getty Images)
Trooping the Colour is an annual event that is part of the Queen s official birthday celebrations. It begins with an impressive pageantry parade which includes her personal troops, the Household Division and Horse Guards. The Queen rides in a carriage before inspecting the troops and taking a salute from the officers and men on parade.
Troops line the street during ast year’s event (REUTERS/Toby Melville)
The Queen has two birthdays – her actual birthday in April and an official birthday marked every summer by the Trooping the Colour ceremony. Today the Queen leaves Buckingham Palace accompanied by a Sovereign s escort from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. She then takes a Royal salute from officers and inspect the troops before the Regimental Colour, flag, is carried down the ranks.
After Foot Guards, the Household Cavalry, The King s Troop and Royal Horse Artillery troop past, the Queen will head back to Buckingham Palace to the balcony for the Royal Air Force fly-past. The tradition for monarchs to have two birthdays was started by George II back in 1748. George was born in November and it was felt that it was too cold to host an annual birthday parade at that time.
It was decided that his birthday festivities would be combined with a military parade known as the Trooping the Colour, which was held in spring. Subsequent monarchs helpfully had birthdays at more convenient times of the year, but the Queen s father, King George VI, reintroduced the tradition which she has continued. The Queen has taken the salute every year since her coronation in 1953, apart from in 1955 when there was a national rail strike.