Several people have been stabbed during a knife attack in Streatham, south London and a male has been shot dead by police in what the Met has described as a “terrorist-related” incident.
Various images and videos shared on social media show a male, face down, on the ground with a plain-clothed police officer pointing a gun towards him.
Other plain-clothed officers, wearing baseball caps and with their faces covered, can been seen providing cover as more resources arrive at the incident location
One plain clothed officer keeps the male covered until marked ARV’s arrive on the scene, at which point the motionless male on the floor is checked.
One image appears to show the male suspect with various items strapped on to his body.
Once the male on the floor has been visually check by officers, they then immediately begin to clear the area and move members of the public back.
The Met Police tweeted to say:
“A man has been shot by armed officers in Streatham. At this stage, it is believed a number of people have been stabbed. The circumstances are being assessed. The incident has been declared as terrorist-related”.
Graham Norton, London Ambulance Service Strategic Commander, said:
“We were called at 1.58 pm today (2nd Feb) to reports of an incident in Streatham High Road.
“We are working closely with the other emergency services and are treating a number of patients on the scene.
“We will provide more details as soon as they are available”.
A spokesperson for the Met has said that they believe that two victims, excluding the individual who has been shot by police, have been identified and that they are awaiting an update concerning their condition.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted to say:
“Thank you to all emergency services responding to the incident in Streatham, which the police have now declared as terrorism-related.
“My thoughts are with the injured and all those affected.”
Praise has been heaped upon the brave armed officers who responded to the threat and for dealing with the situation so swiftly.
Today’s incident comes after the Home Office recently announced (21st January) that extra funds will be given in the fight against terrorism with The Head of Counter Terrorism Policing, Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, saying:
“[the] announcement of additional counter-terrorism funding is gratefully received, and I am pleased the government is willing to help us strengthen the world-class CT network protecting the UK.
“Similarly, we support any change in legislation which will ensure dangerous terrorists serve sentences proportionate to their crimes.
“But we have seen our demand increase by around a third since 2017, and the only way we are going to turn the tide is by throwing our support behind the only strategy which attempts to divert people away from violent extremism in the first place – Prevent.
“Whether Prevent is attempting to stop someone following a path towards terrorism, or hoping to rehabilitate and de-radicalise those who have already been convicted, it is our best hope in reducing the threat in the long term.”
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