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Finsbury Park attack: police forces in north east to increase patrols

A 48-year-old man has been arrested after a terror attack that saw a van plough into Muslim worshippers delivering first aid to an elderly man outside a north London mosque.

The van driver, who was not known to security services, was held down by members of the public after being heard shouting "I want to kill more Muslims".

Ten people - all Muslims - were injured in the 12.20am attack near Finsbury Park mosque, while the elderly man who had collapsed died at the scene.

Police forces in the region have condemned the attack and reassured the public that they don't believe there's any specific threat to communities in the north east.

Northumbria Police say there will be additional patrols taking place around all places of worship, including mosques this week.

Assistant Chief Constable Helen McMillan said from Northumbria Police said:

"We know our communities will be concerned following the tragic events in London overnight which has seen one person killed and many more injured.

"The incident outside of Finsbury Park mosque in North London is being treated as terrorism by the Metropolitan Police and a man has been arrested.

"It will be concerning for members of the public here in Northumbria but we want to reassure people that there is nothing to suggest there is any specific threat to our communities in Northumbria.

"The national threat level has not changed and currently remains at 'severe' but there will be additional patrols in our region to make local people feel safe.

"Those additional patrols will also take place around all places of worship, including mosques, but again we would reiterate that there is no intelligence to suggest that these are at threat.

"There will also be increased patrols and engagement at prayer time during this final week of Ramadan.

"Neighbourhood officers and community engagement teams across the force will be speaking to local community groups to offer reassurance throughout the week."