Nottinghamshire’s Chief Constable Craig Guildford and PCC Paddy Tipping have today spoken out following the overnight attack in North London, which has left one man dead and several others injured.
Worshippers, near the Finsbury Park Mosque and Muslim Welfare House, were making their way home having attended evening prayers shortly after midnight, when a van is thought to have deliberately mounted the pavement driving towards them.
One person died at the scene and eight people have been taken to hospital suffering injuries.
CC Craig Guildford said: “Details are still emerging as to what has happened in the Seven Sisters Road this morning, but it appears that someone has deliberately driven a van at innocent members of the Muslim community, as they left local Mosques after prayers and as some people were helping a potential heart attack victim. This adds to the vulgarity of such a horrific attack.
“Having seen the impact of the recent devastation caused by events in Manchester and London, I know that this attack will cause concern for our communities. I want to reassure everyone that we will be continuing to provide visible reassurance across Nottinghamshire, and will be speaking to community leaders to support and alleviate their concerns. We will stand together and we must never allow cowards to divide us.
“The incident is being treated as a terrorist incident, and it is times like these when we need our communities to really come together, to support one another and not let violence and hate divide us.”
Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I’m very concerned about the overnight attack at Finsbury Park. In Nottinghamshire there are longstanding discussions with Mosque leaders regarding increased protection during Ramadan.
“In light of last night’s attack, that protection has been strengthened and increased.
“It’s only by working together and treating everyone with respect that we can keep our streets safe and secure.”
The greatest defence to terrorism is the everyday actions of our communities and we would ask people to be alert and report any suspicious activity on the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321 or, in an emergency, dial 999.