Following the attack outside the Muslim Welfare house on Seven Sisters Road, near Finsbury Park Mosque, Devon and Cornwall Police in conjunction with Dorset Police have issued the following statement:
Assistant Chief Constable Russ Middleton said: “Our thoughts are with all those affected by the attack near Finsbury Park in London.
“Although there is no specific intelligence to suggest any threat to our Force area, officers will be providing reassurance by visiting mosques, Islamic Centres and other locations. The threat level remains at severe which means an attack is highly likely.
“We have good relationships with all of our communities and we are liaising with them to make sure that everyone feels safe and to talk through any concerns.
“It is more important than ever to stand together as communities and to be united against those who wish to do harm.
“We take all reports of hate crime seriously and take positive action. Over the coming days and weeks we will continue to reach out to reassure and strengthen bonds with the communities we serve.
“There can never be any excuse for hate crime in any shape or form and this criminality will not be tolerated. We want those who are victims of hate crime to feel confident in reporting any concerns to us.
“If you are a witness or a victim of hate crime or feel vulnerable please report it. More people are reporting hate crime than ever before, but it is still significantly underreported. Don’t suffer in silence”
Anti-Cornish abuse is also treated as a hate crime following recognition of National minority status. Since 2014 D&C Police have recorded 3 incidents of anti-Cornish hate crime and charged 2 people.
Offences could include criminal damage, graffiti or verbal abuse from one individual to another, with or without the treat of violence. But it could also be in the form of social media posts, texts etc.
“In emergencies call 999, in non-emergencies email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101. You can also visit the True Vision website: www.report-it.org.uk and the Stop Hate UK website: www.stophateuk.org.uk or call the Stop Hate UK helpline on 0800 138 1625 for information and advice.
“In the event of a firearms or weapons attack, advice is simple – run, hide and tell. A short video can be found here: http://www.npcc.police.uk/NPCCBusinessAreas/WeaponAttacksStaySafe.aspx
“I would also urge people to keep alert but not alarmed and if anyone sees anything suspicious relating to terrorism, they can report this to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or 999 in an emergency.
“Please report any suspicious activity using the Anti-Terrorist Hotline number 0800 789 321 or 999 in an emergency.”