MP Andrew Rosindell calls for security increase after Paris attacks
PUBLISHED: 15:16 19 November 2015
Romford MP Andrew Rosindell has called for more security as Havering Council urges residents to go about “their daily business” following Friday’s attacks in Paris.
Mr Rosindell told the Recorder he has “great concerns” about “the potential threat of a terrorist attack in the suburbs” and expressed the need for “an immediate review” of these threats in Romford.
He spoke out as the UK remains on high alert for terrorism threats, following the co-ordinated attacks in Paris which killed 129 people and left more than 350 injured.
Mr Rosindell called on the government to give “assistance and advice to outer London cities”, which he believes “are not protected like London but need the same level security”.
He wants CCTV around Romford town centre and railway station closely monitored.
Meanwhile, Havering Council asked residents to remain “extra vigilant” and report anything suspicious to police.
Leader, Cllr Roger Ramsey, said the authority was working closely with police to be prepared for “any eventuality”.
He said: “It’s important that we go about our daily lives as normal, and not let the merciless behaviour of some disrupt us, however, we must also remain alert to threats and report anything suspicious immediately.”
Pervez Badruddin, Havering Islamic Cultural Centre’s secretary, said the centre “condemned” the events in Paris but added Mr Rosindell was “going too far” and that Havering was “one of the safest boroughs in London”.
He said Muslims remained the “biggest target” in the aftermath of the attack but praised the work of Havering police forces in protecting the borough’s Muslim community.
Kamal Siddique, chairman of Romford Mosque, stressed the Muslim community was not responsible for the Paris attacks but felt “unsafe”.
He said: “We are afraid of the backlash in this borough.”
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