Hundreds of UK counter terrorism officers are continuing to support the international response as we approach one week on from the attack in Tunisia in which 30 Britons were killed.
Officers and staff have been working hard over the last week to identify victims, support families and gather evidence to support the coronial process and the Tunisian investigation.
These include over 160 officers who are in the process of interviewing hundreds of witnesses who either saw the attack in Sousse, Tunisia, or were in the vicinity when it happened following their return to the UK.
A total of 20 experienced officers, including senior detectives and specialist forensic officers, have now been deployed to Tunisia by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command (SO15), which is leading the coronial investigation on behalf of the coroner and supporting the Tunisian investigation. More officers are likely to follow.
The National Policing Counter Terrorism Headquarters has also deployed specialist CT security advisors to Tunisia to support the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Tunisian authorities review security at resorts and tourist attractions.
Meanwhile, the number of family liaison officers from forces across the country supporting families of the deceased and victims who survived the attack has risen to 76.
Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, the national policing lead for counter terrorism, said: “People across the country will no doubt have been deeply affected by the appalling events in Tunisia last week. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the families of those who were killed as well as the survivors at this very difficult time.
“I would like to use this opportunity to appeal to anyone who was in Sousse and witnessed the attack to contact us on 0800 789 321 to help with the investigation, if they haven’t done so already. We have also set up a dedicated email addresses for people to send any images and information that may assist.”
He added: “With the threat level to the UK from international terrorism remaining at severe, the UK police service is continually reviewing security to help ensure people and places are as safe as possible.
“As always we advise the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency the public should always call 999.”
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