Dorset Police pay tribute to victims of terrorist attack


    DORSET Police have paid tribute to those affected by the London terrorist attack yesterday (Wednesday) and said that public safety is their priority.

    Following the events in Westminster yesterday – during which four people died, including police officer Keith Palmer and the terrorist who stabbed him outside the Houses of Parliament – Dorset Police Chief Superintendent Colin Searle said: “Our thoughts are with anyone affected by yesterday’s events in London and our condolences are with the families and friends of those who tragically lost their lives, including a serving police officer.

    “Public safety is our priority and we have a variety of established operational tactics that are regularly used to ensure that our local communities and businesses are both well prepared and protected. 

    “Our aim is to reduce the risk to the public and maximise public awareness. As is normal practice, we are in touch with national anti-terrorism coordinators.

    “There has been no change to the threat level in the UK. We regularly review intelligence and information and would like to reassure the public that there is no specific threat to Dorset. The public should be alert but not alarmed.

    “The advice remains the same – members of the public should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and report any suspicious activity to police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline 0800 789 321.”

    Lyme Regis editor & Colyton reporter | Francesca gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University before joining the paper full-time in 2011. She is now editor of the Lyme Regis edition, as well as a sub-editor on the East Devon and South Somerset editions, and reporter for Colyton.