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Region's police in show of solidarity

People across the region have paused to remember the victims. Credit: Bedfordshire Police.

Police flags have been flown at half mast today and minute silences held across the region in the wake of the Westminster terror attacks.

Staff at Bedfordshire police Headquarters paused this morning as a mark of respect and police patrols have also been increased in the county's main town centres.

The Chief Constable Jon Boutcher says this attack is a stark reminder that a terrorist threat is real and we must remain vigilant.

The thoughts of us all at Bedfordshire Police and across the east remain with those killed, injured and affected by yesterday’s atrocities in the heart of our capital. We are very lucky that in Bedfordshire we have close links to our communities and work hard with our partners in the region, as well as the public themselves, to tackle extremist views and prevent terrorist activity.

That said, the barbaric events at Westminster – in which people were simply going about their daily business enjoying the capital, and one of our own immensely brave police colleagues lost their lives – is a stark reminder that the terrorist threat is real, and we must remain vigilant.

– Jon Boutcher, Chief Constable

Bedfordshire police is the lead force for counter terrorismin the eastern region.

The Eastern Counter Terrorism Intelligence Unit (ECITU) has also expressed solidarity, and reminded people to report any activity they think might be suspicious.

Counter terrorism police and the security and intelligence services work tirelessly to help keep the public safe, yet events like yesterday demonstrate how the threat of terrorism is becoming more varied. We are proud of our links with our diverse communities who often act as our eyes and ears, and in the aftermath of the Westminster attack I would continue to urge people to report any suspicious activity to us either on 101 or the confidential line 0800 789321. In the event of an emergency, always dial 999.

– Detective Superintendent Glen Channer, head of the ECTIU

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