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Statement from the Tower Hamlets Tension Monitoring Group

Friday 17 September

A statement from the Tower Hamlets Tension Monitoring Group

“The council, police, community and faith leaders are working closely to provide community reassurance around three serious incidents that have taken place in recent weeks in Tower Hamlets.

“The incidents are being managed by Tower Hamlets police and are part of ongoing investigations. Police partners continue to work to tackle all serious violent crime, bring perpetrators to justice and ensure our borough is safe for all those who live, work and visit.

“To support the community there is a robust policing plan in place for Tower Hamlets in coming days. This will include high visibility patrols and activity, engagement work from the borough’s safer neighbourhood teams and increased monitoring of CCTV networks.

“We urge everyone not to circulate misinformation, particularly on social media. This can create further panic and worry among our communities, particularly Somali and Bengali communities, and older residents in Tower Hamlets.

“Confidential support is available for anyone who needs help following these incidents.

“Everyone has a duty and responsibility to ensure no residents live in fear and we want to work with all our communities to live cohesively in harmony together.”

Sahra Mire, CEO, Ashaadibi Centre

Sufia Alam, Head of Programmes and Maryam Centre, East London Mosque, London Muslim Centre

Councillor Sirajul Islam, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Tower Hamlets Council

Posted on Wednesday 22nd September 2021