We will defeat these cowardly terrorists says May
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.”
Rebuke: Theresa May yesterday