Flags outside the offices of Epping Forest District Council are flying at half-mast as a mark of respect for the victims of yesterday’s terrorist attack in London.
Letter to the Police Commissioner
It is with great sadness that I write to offer the condolences of Epping Forest District Council to family, friends and colleagues following the loss of PC Keith Palmer who fell in the line of duty yesterday.
Only a few days ago, we reaffirmed the support of our district to the men and women of our emergency services at our annual Civic Awards. Each year we make a special point of recognising the contributions of our local police, fire and ambulance services with the presentation of medals to individual officers who place themselves in harm’s way with dedication and service above and beyond the call of duty.
This year as chairman, it was my privilege to present an Epping Forest Community Service Medal to Sergeant Simon Dear of Essex Police. It is a token of our esteem for an individual but also a recognition of the debt of gratitude we owe to all the men and women of our emergency services as protectors and defenders of our community.
Please accept my best wishes on behalf of the community of the Epping Forest district at this difficult time.
Councillor Jeane Lea
Chairman of Epping Forest District Council
Terrorist incident in London
Essex Police Acting Assistant Chief Constable Andy Prophet said: “On behalf of Essex Police I want to offer the thoughts and prayers of the entire force to members of the public killed, injured or affected by the incident in London today. We of course also join our colleagues in the Metropolitan Police Service in grief for the loss of a serving officer.”
“This has been declared a terrorist incident in London and is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command.”
“In Essex tonight, and until further notice, there will be increased visible police patrol including additional armed officers and other specialist resources.”
“I urge the public to be alert but not alarmed. Police forces and our partners are doing everything we can to help protect the security of our citizens, public institutions, critical national infrastructure, and businesses and places.”
Remain resilient, compassionate and supportive
“This is a time for communities in Essex to remain resilient, compassionate and supportive of each other. Should anyone have any concerns or see anything suspicious I would urge them to report it immediately by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency.”