Police: Nothing to suggest Woolwich copycat attack likely in Thames Valley

Police have said they do not believe there is risk of a copycat Woolwich-style attack within the Thames Valley area.

As Thames Valley police and crime commissioner Anthony Stansfield was shown around Slough by Fiona Mactaggart, the town’s MP, Richard Bennett, assistant chief constable for the Thames Valley, told the Observer:

“We are aware some members of the public may be concerned a similar incident could happen in their community.

There is nothing to suggest this might happen. Thames Valley Police officers will be on patrol and offering reassurance to any residents who approach them with concerns, however after considering the intelligence in the Thames Valley, there is not believed to be any requirement to place extra officers on patrol at this time.”

Community leaders across the borough echoed that view with a joint statement after the Woolwich terrorist attack:

“We take great pride in the diversity and cohesion of Slough and strongly believe there is no place for violence or extremism. We remain committed to working together to maintain the strong community relationships the people of Slough are proud of.”

Mr Stansfield met excluded school pupils at Creativity in Sport, Blue Sky which offer ex-offenders employment, and East Berkshire Women’s Aid refuge, and Aik Saath – a project helping young people deal with conflicts and value diversity.

Miss Mactaggart said Slough Express:

“I think it is important that although very few people in this town voted in the elections for the police and crime commissioner, we showed him what needs to be done to tackle crime in the town.
“I also wanted him to see tried and tested strategies to make sure that criminals leave offending behind and get back into the world of work.”

External Links

Police chief reassures residents after Woolwich terrorist attack – Slough Observer

Community leaders release statement after suspected terrorist attack in Woolwich – Slough Observer

Police and crime commissioner visits Slough – Slough Express

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