Sent on behalf of Jane Corrigan, Detective Superintendent, London Prevent Coordinator, Counter Terrorism Policing – SO15.
You may be aware of the events at a Synagogue in Texas this weekend. We can let you know that the suspect is now confirmed as dead. The Foreign Office has confirmed that they are aware of the death of a British man in Texas and are in contact with authorities there. The incident is still under investigation and officers from Counter Terrorism Policing are also liaising with US authorities and colleagues from the FBI regarding the incident.
This type of incident can have a profound effect on all communities and, in this instance, we are particularly aware of the effect on British Jewish communities. We know that many of you will be playing an important role in your own areas to provide support and reassurance to those affected, and to help bring communities together.
As always, it is important to remain vigilant and we understand people will be concerned.
The Community Security Trust provides security advice and training for Jewish communal organisations, schools and synagogues.
Please report any hate crime incidents to the police – via 999 in an emergency or 101 for a non-emergency. You can also report online through the police hate crime reporting site True Vision (http://report-it.org.uk/home), or via a third party reporting centre such as Stop Hate UK, the CST or Tell Mama.
Security at places of worship – The National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) has guidance with protective security advice covering a range of places including places of worship as a specific sector. It can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/crowded-places-guidance
For anything immediately concerning contact 101, or in an emergency situation always call 999.
Emotional and practical support for anyone affected by this incident can be found at https://victimsofterrorism.campaign.gov.uk/
Our Strategic Engagement Team will be monitoring tensions over the coming days, if you do have any increase in concerns, feel free to feed it into your local policing team so we can capture it in our pan London and national overview.
I’d be grateful if you could share this message with your networks and of course visit – www.ActEarly.UK or contact the advice line on 0800 011 3764 if you are concern about someone who is vulnerable to being radicalised.
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Locals to Tower Hamlets are welcome to use our anonymous reporting tool if they know about planned attacks but don’t want to make themselves known as informants.
Please join Neighbourhood Watch, we work closely with authorities to prevent Hatecrime and Terrorism and make access to the ACT App to our members.