Due to the tragic events of yesterday, the flag outside the main council offices on Station Road, Wigston has been flown at half mast since first thing this morning (Thursday, 23 March).
Staff at Oadby & Wigston Borough Council also observed a minute’s silence at 9.33am which coincided with the start of the parliamentary day as an act of soldiarity and to reflect on the news of the terrorist attack that took place in our capital city.
A message from Leicester's Chief Constable, Simon Cole has been received and we would like to pass this on as it will allow any concerned residents to help with enquiries and to keep up to date with the latest information concerning this alarming incident.
Message from the Chief Constable of Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland:
It has been confirmed this evening that the UK threat level will remain at severe.
The announcement follows today’s events in Parliament Square, London, which has been declared as a terrorist incident.
Four people have died in the attack, which includes a policeman who was protecting Parliament and one man believed to be the attacker. At least 20 other people have been injured.
Our thoughts are with colleagues in London and all those affected by the events of today.
The Met’s Counter Terrorism Command is conducting an investigation and their enquiries to piece together the wider circumstances continue tonight as members of the public in London are urged to remain vigilant.
Public safety is our priority and Chief Officers have met here this evening to assess if there is any impact on local communities and to review the deployment of our officers and staff across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. At this stage there is no specific threat to our force area and as soon as we have any updates through the Counter Terrorism network, we will keep you informed and take all possible steps to keep you and our communities safe.
We are proud of our strong, diverse and cohesive communities here in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and must continue to stand together in the wake of such events. It is important we all continue to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity by calling the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.
If any colleague was in London today, and witnessed what happened, or has any footage of the events, please ensure this is sent directly to the Metropolitan Police via www.ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk
We will continue to monitor the situation and provide further updates and guidance where necessary in the coming days.