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Statement from Chief Constable on British Transport Police officer injured at London Bridge


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Following the horrific attacks at London Bridge last night, the British Transport Police officer who was injured is now in a stable condition.

Chief Constable Paul Crowther said: “Having visited the officer in hospital shortly after he was admitted for treatment, I was able to hear his account of what happened last night.

“It became clear that he showed enormous courage in the face of danger, as did many others who were at the scene and rushed to help.

“Although he is seriously unwell, he was able to recount how he faced the attackers armed only with his baton, outside London Bridge station.

“For an officer who only joined us less than two years ago, the bravery he showed was outstanding and makes me extremely proud.

“All of us at BTP wish him a swift recovery, and I know he will be touched by the hundreds of messages of support from across the UK and the world.

“Our thoughts are with all of those who died or were injured, and their loved ones as they try to come to terms with what happened.”

Additional patrols

Members of the public  should expect to see extra police officers patrolling stations in London and the south east following last night’s attacks.

The threat level from international terrorism to the United Kingdom remains at ‘severe’, which means an attack is highly likely.

You may also see some of our armed police officers at stations. Please don’t be alarmed by this, it doesn’t mean there is any specific intelligence relating to the railway, or that there is an increased risk if you are travelling by train or tube. Our officers are there to make sure you feel safe and know that we are there to protect you.

Understandably people are likely to be concerned, so please feel free to talk to any of our officers if you need any help, advice or reassurance.

We ask you to be vigilant and report anything that you see or hear which is suspicious, or just doesn’t feel right.

Suspicious behaviour

If you see something out of place, or unusual, please speak to one of our officers or a member of rail staff.

Look out for the unusual – activity or behaviour that strikes you as not quite right and out of place.

Trust your instincts and report it – we will assess whether the information you have is important or not.

If you see anything suspicious:

  • In an emergency call 999
  • Call the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321
  • Call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or text us on 61016

Find out how to ACT to counter terrorism.

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