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Police continue to appeal for witnesses to terrorist attack at Fishmongers’ Hall

News   •   Dec 06, 2019 16:02 GMT

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu

One week on from the terrorist attack at Fishmongers’ Hall on Friday, 29 November, detectives investigating the incident are continuing to work around the clock.

Detectives from the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command have seized more than 1,000 exhibits and retrieved more than 80 hours of CCTV footage, through which they are trawling.

They have received more than 500 images and videos from the public via the police appeal website www.ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk and continue to urge those with photos or videos of the attack to upload them to the website.

Detectives have taken almost 300 statements from witnesses and victims and are encouraging anyone who was at the scene of the attack and has not yet spoken to police to contact the investigation team in confidence on 0800 789 321.

Those affected by the incident – even if they were not at the scene of it – are encouraged to seek support. Details of a range of emotional and practical support services are available at www.gov.uk/government/publications/helplines-and-support-victims-of-terrorist-attacks/helplines-and-support-victims-of-terrorist-attacks

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, of the Met Police, said: “The Counter Terrorism Command has been relentlessly working to establish the full circumstances of the attack and to ensure there is no related outstanding threat to the public.

“We have found no evidence to suggest anybody else was involved in this attack, but we continue to make extensive enquiries to ensure this is the case.

“I want to thank everyone who has already provided police with witness statements and material, and would encourage anyone with information they think may be relevant to the investigation to get in touch, no matter how small.

“I would also like to thank the communities both in London and Staffordshire for their patience and understanding while we carry out crucial enquiries in these areas.

“Our thoughts continue to be with the families of Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones; the injured victims and everyone affected by this shocking and senseless attack.

“The effects of terrorist attacks are far reaching and so I wholeheartedly urge anyone distressed by this incident, even if they were not directly involved in it, to seek support.”

This Wednesday, 5 December, inquests relating to the deaths of Saskia Jones, 23 of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire and Jack Merritt, 25 of Cottenham, Cambridgeshire were opened and adjourned to a date to be confirmed, at the Old Bailey.

All of the three other people injured in the incident have now been able to return home from hospital.

The inquest relating to the death of Usman Khan, 28, of Stafford, was also opened and adjourned to a date to be confirmed, on 5 December at the Old Bailey.

Police advice to the public is to continue with your plans as usual, and be vigilant but be alert, not alarmed.

Anyone who sees anything suspicious should act and report it to police by either speaking to an officer, calling police on 0800 789 321 or reporting it online at www.gov.uk/ACT.