A CSSC Bridge call was held during which Industry Sector Leads were briefed by Superintendent Dave Roney from the office of the “National Coordinator Protect and Prepare,” and Superintendent Nick Aldworth from the Metropolitan Police “Protective Security Operations & London Protect.” Please find below a summary of information provided that includes guidance for the business community:
“Police were called just after 00.20hrs to reports of a van in collision with pedestrians at the junction of Seven Sisters Road and Whadcoat Road, N4. A van, hired from Wales, was driven into a crowd of people outside the Muslim Welfare House on Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park, close to two local mosques.
The van was seen to slow down deliberately and before rapidly accelerating into the crowd. Metropolitan Police and London Ambulance Service were called. The driver of the van is a 48 year old male from Wales who was detained by members of public and then arrested by police in connection with the incident. The suspect does not feature on Terrorism or Domestic Extremism watch lists. His mental health is being assessed and searches are being carried out at a residential address in the Cardiff area. He is being investigated for terrorism offences, Murder and Attempted Murder – Racially motivated /Hate Crime.
Emergency services attended and found and treated a number of casualties with ten injured and one sadly pronounced dead at the scene. Early reports indicate that this male had collapsed and was being treated by members of the public prior to the incident. Eight other people were injured, two of whom remain in a critical condition. Additionally two people were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
This is being treated as a terrorist incident and is being investigated by the Counter Terrorism Command. All the victims were from the Muslim community and extra police patrols will be deployed to reassure the public, especially those observing Ramadan. With a focus on places of worship, including mosques and Muslim community centres, communities can expect to see more uniformed police officers as reassurance as they have seen in other crowded places
Police are conscious there are a number of events planned across the London and the rest of the UK and continue to ensure that security plans are robust by working in partnership with all event organisers. The past few weeks have seen a high tempo of attacks and the manner in which the business community has responded has been impressive, but yet again they are being asked to ensure their plans are fit for purpose and that staff are engaging to monitor suspicious behaviour, especially in respect of vehicles. Staff, whether security or front of house, should be proactive when engaging with visitors.
Anyone who witnessed the attack or who has any information that will assist the investigation is asked to contact police in confidence on 0800 789321. If it’s an emergency always dial 999.”
Any one concerned about their properties or businesses are encouraged to review the updated “crowded places” information on the NaCTSO website. This new interactive guidance is primarily aimed at those with a responsibility for security at crowded places and those who own or run businesses, organisations, amenities or utilities. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-crowded-places-guidance-launched
Regional Police have stated that there was a “significant policing plan” in place ahead of this weekend’s Eid celebrations. Please be assured Ward Security will continue to monitor news feeds and provide any further information and guidance as it becomes available and ensure our staff are well briefed on appropriate tactical action plans for possible incidents in or around the sites we protect.
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