Lon­don will never give in to fa­nat­ics says po­lice chief Rudd: Tube probe ar­rest ‘sig­nif­cant’

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - BY KAREN ROCKETT BY KEIR MUDIE Deputy Po­lit­i­cal Edi­tor



DEFIANT CHIEF LON­DON’S po­lice chief yes­ter­day vowed the cap­i­tal would never give into ter­ror.

Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Cres­sida Dick spoke as she joined an in­creased po­lice pres­ence on the streets, trav­el­ling on the Tube to Water­loo Sta­tion and pa­trolling the South Bank.

The Com­mis­sioner said: “Lon­don has not stopped af­ter other ter­ri­ble at­tacks and it will not stop af­ter this one.

“The public seem to be very pos­i­tive about the num­ber of of­fi­cers that we have. The great thing about Lon­don is we don’t give in, we don’t give in to ter­ror­ists, we never have and we carry on.

“So the trans­port sys­tem is run­ning just as it ever did and events are go­ing ahead. Peo­ple are out and about. I’ve spo­ken to lots of Lon­don­ers, tourists and busi­ness peo­ple. Peo­ple are here and I would say, carry on about your busi­ness and se­condly, of course, be vig­i­lant.”

“Don’t be alarmed but make sure you tell us any­thing that wor­ries you.”

Of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Fri­day’s Tube bomb, she added: “We are mak­ing some very con­sid­er­able progress.” HOME Sec­re­tary Am­ber Rudd said the ar­rest of an 18-year-old man over the Tube ter­ror at­tack was “very sig­nif­i­cant” – but she could not say whether he had been on the po­lice’s radar.

Speak­ing af­ter a meet­ing of the Gov­ern­ment’s emer­gency Co­bra com­mit­tee, she said: “This is a very sig­nif­i­cant ar­rest, the po­lice have made very good progress. But the op­er­a­tion is on­go­ing and we will have to wait to hear from them about any more in­for­ma­tion.

“There is no doubt that this was a se­ri­ous IED. It was good for­tune that it did so lit­tle dam­age. But we are very sym­pa­thetic of course to all the peo­ple that did get af­fected by it.

“We will have to take all steps that we can to en­sure the sort of ma­te­ri­als that this man was able to col­lect be­come more and more dif­fi­cult to com­bine to­gether. We al­ways learn from th­ese in­ci­dents.”

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