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Extra police to patrol places of worship following London mosque terror attack

Extra police will be expected at places of worship in the Midlands Credit: PA Wire

Extra police will be deployed to places of worship in the Midlands following a terror attack outside of a mosque in London.

A man has been arrested after a van ploughed into worshippers delivering first aid to an elderly man outside a mosque in Finsbury Park in the early hours of Monday.

Ten people were injured in the attack. The suspect, who is believed to have acted alone, was detained by members of public at the scene after being heard shouting "I want to kill more Muslims."

Police descended on Finsbury Park after learning of the 12.20am attack Credit: PA Wire

West Midlands Police today promised to deploy more officers to places of worship in the region. The force says it will take the necessary steps to keep communities safe.

Assistant Chief Constable Sarah Boycott of West Midlands Police said: “Communities will see additional officers across the West Midlands and at places of worship in response to the latest attack. We will continue to work closely together and unite against those who seek, through violence and extremism, to intimidate or cause fear.”

The force's Police and Crime Commissioner called the atrocity a 'cowardly' act.

The incident in Finsbury Park was an awful and cowardly attack during the holy month of Ramadan. My thoughts are with the victims of the attack and their families.

It was an attack on all decent people in our country. It sought to divide us and sow the seeds of hatred. We will not let it succeed.

– David Jamieson, Police and Crime Commissioner, West Midlands Police

In Leicester bosses at the Federation of Muslim Organisations said that they too were expecting a higher police presence outside of mosques in the city.

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