South's MPs react to the terror attack in London

MPs from around the ITV News Meridian region have been giving their reaction to the tragic events outside the Houses of Parliament this afternoon. Many have praised the efforts of the emergency services and the MP for Bournemouth East, Tobias Ellwood, for going to the aid of those caught up in the atrocity.

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Police forces around the region; be alert not alarmed

As the country joins together after the terror attack in London yesterday, police forces in our region tell residents to be alert but not alarmed.

Credit: Dorset Police

“Our thoughts are with anyone affected by yesterday’s events in London and our condolences are with the families and friends of those who tragically lost their lives, including a serving police officer. Public safety is our priority and we have a variety of established operational tactics that are regularly used to ensure that our local communities and businesses are both well prepared and protected. We would like to reassure the public that there is no specific threat to Dorset."

– Chief Superintendent Colin Searle, of Dorset Police
Credit: Hampshire Police

"There is currently no specific intelligence to indicate an immediate threat to any locations within the UK, including Hampshire or the Isle of Wight. We have also reviewed all pre-planned events taking place in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in the coming days, as is normal procedure, to ensure all plans are up-to-date. At this time we are satisfied our plans are robust but we will continue to review the situation and follow any national guidance."

– Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney
Credit: Surrey Police

Surrey Police continues to review its officer deployments following the horrific attacks in London yesterday, however we were already operating at a heightened state of security against a severe threat level which has been in place since 2014, and this level continues.

Our policing tactics and security measures are constantly reviewed and we, along with our partners, are working around the clock to keep our county and the wider country as safe as possible.

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