Information from the police for schools and parents following Parson’s Green incident

Published: Friday 15th September 17

The Metropolitan Police have issued the following message to local schools.

“We would like to keep you updated as part of the local policing response to this incident.

“We remain alert and vigilant and have implemented a co-ordinated policing plan across the borough.

“As a result of this you and your pupils will see more of our officers out and about at our key transport links and high footfall areas today and over the weekend. These officers are there to reassure our community and more than happy to address any queries or concerns that you and your pupils may have.

“Likewise if you or your pupils have any concerns for your safety, experience or witness any form of hate crime or have any other concerns, we encourage you to contact us and report this.

“This is a live investigation and we are continuing to follow several lines of inquiry and so there is a limited amount we are able to share at this time. We are asking the press not to speculate about possible suspects as this is not helpful to the investigation. We will provide further updates as it progresses and any further witness appeals will be issued in due course.

“Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, from the head of national counter-terrorism policing, said: "There are many urgent inquiries ongoing with hundreds of detectives involved, looking at CCTV, carrying out forensic work and speaking to witnesses.

"I am appealing for anyone who has information that would assist detectives to contact the hotline on 0800 789 321. I would also urge anyone with images or moving footage from the scene to upload them at www.ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk.

"Today and over the weekend the public can expect to see a heightened police presence, particularly in crowded places and at transport hubs.

"As always we urge the public to remain calm but alert; if they have any concerns, see or hear anything suspicious then please contact the police on the confidential hotline 0800 789 321. In an emergency always call 999."

 A small number of children from Wandsworth attend schools in or near Parson’s Green.

The council has not been notified of any Wandsworth children being affected by today’s incident and the belief is that none were hurt or injured and all are safe and well.

However if you are a Wandsworth parent and your child was affected in any way by this morning’s events we would like to offer you our help and support. To contact us please call 020 8871 6622 or email fis@wandsworth.gov.uk.

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