FOLLOWING THE recent terror attacks in Barcelona, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, the UK lead for Counter Terrorism Policing, has issued the following statement asking anyone who was in Spain to assist the authorities.
“Our thoughts are with Spain, the victims, their families and all the other people affected by yesterday’s barbaric attack in Barcelona.
“We have offered our support and assistance to the Spanish authorities who are continuing to respond to the terrorist incident in the busy tourist area of Las Ramblas, which killed a number of people and injured many others. This was followed by a second incident in the seaside resort of Cambrils, south-west of Barcelona.
“We are liaising closely with the Spanish authorities and await further updates regarding the nationalities of the deceased and injured.
“Officers are at UK ports today ready to meet British holiday-makers returning to the UK from the region in order to take any witness accounts. Anyone who has returned from Spain can also call the confidential hotline with information on 0800-789 321. We are also urging people who have images or footage that may assist investigators to upload them to:
“The current threat is global and it is only by working together that it can be defeated. Our network of counter-terrorism police liaison officers posted in locations around the world helps us connect investigations internationally. We have a long tradition of collaboration with the very capable Spanish police on terrorism matters.
“People with information about those suspected of being involved in terrorism should call the confidential hotline on 0800 789 321 or gov.uk/ACT. In an emergency dial 999.”