We will de­feat these cow­ardly ter­ror­ists says May

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Macer Hall Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor

THERESA May led con­dem­na­tion of yes­ter­day’s “cow­ardly” Lon­don Un­der­ground ter­ror at­tack.

Speak­ing in Down­ing Street af­ter chair­ing a meet­ing of the White­hall Co­bra emer­gency com­mit­tee, she said there would be an in­creased armed po­lice pres­ence on the cap­i­tal’s trans­port net­work and even sol­diers in pub­lic places.

“The po­lice and the se­cu­rity ser­vices are ob­vi­ously do­ing all the work to dis­cover the full cir­cum­stances of this cow­ardly at­tack,” the Prime Min­is­ter said, while call­ing for mem­bers of the pub­lic with im­ages of the bomb­ing to pass them on.

Peo­ple should “re­main vig­i­lant” she said, adding: “The threat of ter­ror­ism we face is se­vere but to­gether, by work­ing to­gether, we will de­feat them.

“We are deal­ing with not just the ter­ror­ist threat but with the ex­trem­ism and the hate that can ac­tu­ally in­cite that ter­ror­ism. We are look­ing very care­fully at the pow­ers that our po­lice and se­cu­rity ser­vices have to make sure they have the pow­ers they need.”

Mrs May said she and French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron will meet at the UN in New York next week “to talk about what more we can be do­ing to en­sure that we deal with the ter­ror­ist pro­pa­ganda, with the ex­trem­ist pro­pa­ganda, with the ha­tred that is put out across the in­ter­net”. To calls for ex­tra cash for the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice to fight ter­ror­ism, the Prime Min­is­ter replied: “We are very clear, we have pro­tected po­lice bud­gets, we have also pro­tected counter-ter­ror­ism polic­ing and we have en­sured it is pos­si­ble for the po­lice to in­crease the num­ber of armed po­lice.

“Once again, the emer­gency ser­vices – po­lice and oth­ers – re­sponded im­me­di­ately to this at­tack and were on the scene im­me­di­ately and we thank them for their pro­fes­sion­al­ism and brav­ery.”

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