Visible police presence promised for Greater Manchester places of worship following London attack

Greater Manchester senior police officers and Mayor say they're taking steps to reassure all communities in the region in the wake of an attack on worshippers at a mosque in London.

Assistant Chief Constable Rob Potts said: “First and foremost I want to extend my most sincere condolences to all those affected by the horrific events in London this morning; our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

“Despite this incident happening hundreds of miles away, I know it will resonate with many of us in Greater Manchester and will cause both concern for those affected and worry about the potential implications in our area.

“Although there is no specific intelligence to suggest that any places of worship will be at greater risk than other areas where large numbers of people gather, there will be an increase in police patrols close to places of worship in Greater Manchester and we will continue to work with all our communities to reassure them and provide them with security advice and support.

“We will also have a significant policing plan in place ahead of the weekend so that people can enjoy the Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations in a safe and good spirited environment. Each individual borough will be working this week to tailor specific plans for their local operation so that all planned celebrations can go ahead without any disruption.

“We are proud to have a diverse population in Greater Manchester, with different faiths and cultures that stand together. We will continue to work closely with religious leaders of all faiths to ensure that all our communities feel as safe and reassured as possible.

“We have witnessed some terrible attacks and tragedies in both Manchester and London in recent weeks but both cities have demonstrated a resounding community spirit and steadfast solidarity in the face of widespread grief.

“I have no doubt that we will continue to stand together against hate and intolerance but I would urge anybody who has concerns to please approach one of our officers on patrol or their local neighbourhood policing team.”

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said: “Our thoughts are with all those affected by the horrific events in London in the early hours of this morning.

“I understand that our communities across Greater Manchester, particularly our Muslim communities, will be concerned and deeply affected by what’s happened in London. I want to thank Greater Manchester Police for taking swift action to provide reassurance to our communities that everything is being done to keep them safe.

“Greater Manchester has shown its strength of spirit, compassion and unity in the last few weeks and we continue to stand together with London and everyone affected by these atrocities. We will continue to work closely with our faith and community leaders and urge anyone with any concerns to speak to their local police officers.”

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