Metro Mayor statement on terrorist incident

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region said:

“Like everyone else across the Liverpool City Region I was horrified to learn of the explosion outside the Liverpool Women’s Hospital yesterday morning. This has now been declared a terrorist incident.

Sadly, events like these are not as surprising as they once were. That does not make them any less shocking. Like those that have gone before, it would seem that this was an attempt to sow discord and division within our communities.

But our area is much stronger than that. We are known for our solidarity and resilience. Our diversity remains one of our greatest strengths.

We will never let those who seek to divide us win.

Today, and for the next few days, I would urge us all to make an extra effort to be kinder to our friends and neighbours. Do not be afraid to offer them reassurance – or to ask for reassurance yourself. Our community spirit is far more powerful than any hatred.

I would like to put on record my thanks to everybody who acted so quickly to intervene – from our emergency services who were on the scene in minutes, to Liverpool City Council, who have stepped in to support the people affected and the ordinary citizens who came forward to help.

It is vital that the police and counter terrorism officers are allowed to get on with their investigation, uncover the truth and bring those responsible to justice.

Please allow them to get on with that work. I would ask everyone across our region to remain calm and vigilant.

Avoid spreading rumours or misinformation. By doing so only sows further confusion and causes unnecessary worry. Please report anything suspicious to the police and follow their social media for updates.

Together – we are much, much stronger.”

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