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Bexley police step up presence after Woolwich soldier murder

PUBLISHED: 16:06 24 May 2013 | UPDATED: 16:06 24 May 2013

Police activity close to the scene following the attack last Wednesday. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Police activity close to the scene following the attack last Wednesday. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Bexley police have stepped up their presence in the wake of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby in nearby Woolwich on Wednesday.

There have been extra patrols at key locations including religious venues such as Crayford mosque and transport hubs.

On Wednesday night, hours after Drummer Rigby was murdered, there was verbal abuse directed towards the mosque in Crayford High Street but it was short-lived.

Borough commander Supt Peter Ayling said: “We have a large number of officers on duty to carry out reassurance patrols and engage with the community. There are currently no concerns and the residents of Bexley appear united in their shock at the awful events that occurred in Woolwich.

“We will continue with high visibility patrols to increase confidence and pass information to and from local people.”

Safer neighbourhoods Ch Insp Ian Broadridge added: “We are holding meetings with local community leaders and partner agencies, and neighbourhood teams are engaging face-to-face with the public listening to any concerns they have.

“Current feedback from the community is understandably one of shock but also one of calm. We have had one incident towards the Muslim community, of a vocal nature, that we dealt with swiftly and sternly.”

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