Cllr Lib Peck, Leader of Lambeth council said, “The whole community in Lambeth will have been shocked by the horrific murder of a soldier in Woolwich yesterday afternoon. Our thoughts are with the victim’s family. We all have a role in protecting the borough and keeping the community safe and we are sure that people in Lambeth will stand together against those who seek to divide us or exploit this incident for their own ends. The council and police are supporting these efforts to ensure that we can go about our lives in safety. We ask everyone to continue to remain calm and vigilant.”
Matt Bell, Lambeth Police Borough Commander said, “Lambeth Police recognise that many communities are feeling anxious and concerned followed the unique events of yesterday however Lambeth borough’s diversity is one of its strengths and I have today assured faith and other community leaders that we will protect and serve this community and they have in turn reiterated their condemnation of the criminal acts perpetrated yesterday and their support for the service and to work with us. The Metropolitan Police Service strongly maintains a zero tolerance approach to those who commit crimes motivated by hatred of others’ faith, race or religion and will relentlessly pursue anyone who uses the tragic event in Woolwich as an excuse to target others.”
Revd Alan Gadd, Chair of Faiths Together in Lambeth said, “There are many diverse faith communities in the borough of Lambeth and all will be shocked and saddened by the murder in Woolwich yesterday. At a time like this, many people of faith will recall the multi-faith activity of recent years that has built good relationships, and once again will draw upon those relationships to offer reassurance and show solidarity.”
If you have concerns for your safety or that of the community you can contact the police on 101.
There is a confidential anti-terrorist helpline: “if you suspect it, report it”/ Call 0800 789 321
The safety of our residents and the prevention of terrorism are key priorities for the borough. More information and advice is information is available on the council’s website
More on the Metropolitan Police anti-terrorism hotline