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London Bridge attack: Havering Council’s chief executive expresses sadness and shock

PUBLISHED: 15:00 05 June 2017

Armed police on St Thomas Street, London, near the scene of Saturday's terrorist incident at Borough Market. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Images

Armed police on St Thomas Street, London, near the scene of Saturday's terrorist incident at Borough Market. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Images

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“Shocked and saddened” were the words used by Havering Council’s chief executive in response to Saturday’s terror attack at London Bridge and Borough Market.

Andrew Blake-Herbert encouraged people to stand united and to not let the incident divide the community.

Seven people died in the incident, in addition to the three attackers who were shot dead by armed officers and 48 are in hospital receiving treatment.

Mr Blake-Herbert said: “To say that I am shocked and saddened by the events that took place on Saturday simply isn’t enough.

“I know that people are feeling nervous and worried, and I’d like to reassure the public, that they will see an additional police presence – both armed and unarmed officers - across the capital to keep people safe.

“I also offer my heartfelt condolences to those who lost a loved one during the attacks, and my thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected by this incident.

“It is at times like this that we realise the instrumental efforts of our emergency services to protect and serve us all on a daily basis without a thought for themselves, and I can’t express enough my gratitude to these brave men and women.

“We must continue to go about our lives as normal, and show those who seek to divide us that we are strong and resilient.

“London will keep moving, and despite horrific events like this, we remain united.”

To honour victims, flags outside Havering Town Hall have been lowered to half-mast.

Two addresses in Dagenham and Newham were searched in the early hours of this morning by counter-terrorism officers.

A number of people have been detained.

On Sunday 12 people were arrested at the Elizabeth Fry flats, King’s Road, Barking, at around 7am.

Police have confirmed seven women aged 38, 49, 60, 19, 27, 24 and 53 and four men, aged 52, 55, 27, 28, were arrested at two addresses in Barking.

A man aged 55 has since been released without charge.

Suspicious activity can be reported to police on 999 or the anti-terrorism hotline on 0800789321.

Visit met.police.uk/tell-us-about/possible-terrorist-activity for more information.

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