“Brummies across all communities will not tolerate extremism of any kind”
Birmingham stands with London against terrorism in all its evil guises. This city’s heart goes out to the victims and the injured in the Westminster attack.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all those caught up in such a dreadful atrocity.
Birmingham is a city built on the spirit and hard work of immigrants and refugees who came here from across the world to seek safety and make a new home.
The sons and daughters and grandchildren of those immigrants are part of the Birmingham family today.
We celebrate basic Birmingham values – everybody is born equal, no discrimination on grounds of sex or religion.
Everyone is welcome in Birmingham….everyone can make it in Birmingham.
When these shared values are challenged this city won’t turn a blind eye. Across our communities the simple message to those who carry out terrorist acts is: Not In Our Name.
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Following the terrible incidents in London yesterday, our thoughts are with those who have been affected.
Overnight our colleagues from the Metropolitan Police have searched a number of addresses across the country and have made a number of arrests in connection with the incident, including addresses in Birmingham.
The arrests and searches were intelligence led and there was no immediate risk to public safety.
We would like to reassure our communities that we have extra officers out on patrol throughout the next few days to offer reassurance and address any concerns you may have. We are keen to stress that this additional security is not based on any new or emerging intelligence. The security threat level nationally remains unchanged at Severe meaning an attack is highly likely.
As ever the public are urged to remain alert and not alarmed. Everyone is advised to be vigilant and to report any concerns to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. In an emergency, always dial 999.
Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale, who leads on counter terrorism for the force, said: Suspicious activity is anything that seems out of place, unusual or just doesn’t seem to fit in with day-to-day life – Let us decide if it is important.
“We work tirelessly to counter terrorism. Our absolute priority is to ensure the safety and security of the people who live, work and visit the West Midlands area.
“Our policing tactics and security measures are being reviewed on a daily basis – we, along with our partners, are working around the clock to keep Birmingham and our other cities as safe as can be.”
For further news from the Police visit West Midlands Police website page.
Article by Geoff Caine