Liverpool residents have been praised for ‘standing side by side’ in the wake of the Remembrance Sunday attack as the public has been reminded that they are the ‘eyes and ears’ of the police in the fight against terrorism.
A week after the explosion outside the city’s women’s hospital, authorities expressed gratitude for the residents’ “patience and understanding” as investigations continue.
The bomb used in the incident was a homemade explosive with ball bearings attached and police said it could have caused “serious injury or death.”
Officers are “working around the clock” on their investigation and police said more remains to be done to “defeat terrorism” as they pledged to make efforts to keep the city safe. the end of the year holidays are approaching.
The letter, released Sunday, is on behalf of Merseyside Police Chief Serena Kennedy, Mayor Joanne Anderson, Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Emily Spurrell and Combined Authority Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram.
Commending people for coming together “in the face of adversity,” he said: “The ultimate goal of terrorism is to create discord, mistrust and fear in our communities, and although we know that some people can being anxious and preoccupied we have seen people across Liverpool standing shoulder to shoulder.
“And that’s because Liverpool, which has a proud heritage as a multicultural city, and the greater Merseyside region always come together at times like this and the pride of all our communities is there for everyone.
“This is an area defined by its friendliness, kindness and spirit of friendliness and we are extremely grateful for the patience and understanding the residents have shown (as police investigations continue), but not at all. surprised. “
They praised the “phenomenal work” of the management and staff of the hospital, where more than 150 babies have been delivered since last Sunday and the specialized care provided to more than 60 newborns in the neonatal unit.
They also thanked residents for bringing hot drinks to officers stationed outside the hospital, as well as messages of support and gifts for staff.
“The police depend on information from the public, who at times like this are their eyes and ears, to keep us safe.
“There is still work to be done, and already the five local authorities and Merseyside Police are working together to strengthen existing plans to support businesses and visitors to the area as Christmas approaches.”
They pledged to “make sure people feel confident to go out and enjoy the city knowing they will be safe.”
The letter added: “We unite in the face of hardship and tragedy. We support each other in difficult times. We are united.
“We have seen it before and we saw it again this week.
“To use the words of the Liverpool Women’s Hospital: continue to ‘be kind’ but also ‘be vigilant’ and ‘be careful’.”
While an Islamist plot is one avenue of investigation, the PA news agency understands that investigators are always keeping an open mind and the motivation has yet to be established.
Police and security services are believed to be still working on the current understanding that the hospital was the intended target.
Al Swealmeen, an asylum seeker who had converted to Christianity, reportedly arrived in the UK from the Middle East in 2014 and saw his asylum claim rejected the following year, but a new appeal was pending. course at the time of his death.