PCC Statement following the Finsbury Park Terror Attack (19 June 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said that his thoughts were with the victims and families of those affected by the Finsbury Park Mosque terror attack in the early hours of this morning. (MON)

"This was yet another senseless attack on members of the community," he said, "and I want to pass my thoughts and condolences on to those caught up in this awful incident.

"Let's be clear, attacks of this kind are an attack on us all, they aim to divide us and cause tensions in our communities and we will not allow this to happen.

"In West Yorkshire we know that we are stronger and more powerful when we come together and we will not let people who want to cause harm dictate how we live. I want to continue to reassure people in West Yorkshire that their public safety remains our top priority.

"The diversity of our county is one of its greatest strengths and community cohesion is vital to ensure our communities feel safe and more secure. I know that the impact of recent tragic events will affect feelings of safety, but I am working with communities, our partners and West Yorkshire Police to empower them to build resilience against divisive influences.

"I am also working closely with the Chief Constable to ensure the resources we have are there to engage, reassure and protect all communities.

"This was a tragic incident and crimes like this affect us all, so together we will need to continue in our efforts to find lasting solutions to these terrible acts of extremism and violence from wherever they come.

"If anyone has any concerns I would urge them to ring the anti-terror hotline on 0800 789 321, but in an emergency ring 999."

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