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Police Chiefs' Tribute to Murdered Officer

Crowd funding page for PC Keith Palmer

A crowd-funding page to raise money for the family of PC Keith Palmer has raised more than £100,000 - and it's rising by the hour.

The police officer was stabbed to death in the terrorist attack in Westminster yesterday.

The former soldier was praised this morning as a hero by the prime minister.

This is the link to the crowd-funding page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/keith-palmer

Chief Constable of Gwent Police, Jeff Farrar, said: "It is with great sadness that we hear the tragic news of the death of PC Keith Palmer in yesterday's terror attack in London. I would like to pass on my deepest condolences to his family and colleagues and to the families of the other victims involved in yesterday's horrific attack.

"Police Officers are just ordinary people - ordinary people, doing extraordinary things, just as PC Keith Palmer has shown. We step forward to protect the public, when others step back. That is our job. However, incidents like those we saw yesterday in London, undoubtedly give us all an opportunity to reflect. 

"My thoughts are with all the Emergency Services in London, who have shown such commitment and professionalism in the face of what has probably been one of the most challenging experiences of their careers. 

"In Gwent, we are working closely with our partners to protect and reassure our communities. I cannot emphasise enough how much my officers appreciate the support you have shown us, on social media and in our neighbourhoods and it's times like these when communities really come together and show their strength.

"Whilst there is no information to suggest that anything similar will happen in Gwent, please remember that the threat level, nationally, remains at 'Severe'. If you notice anything that you consider unusual in your neighbourhood, no matter how small, please let us know by calling us on 101, or 999 if it is an emergency.

"If you are worried about friends or family involved in yesterday's events, a helpline has been set up. You can call either 0800 056 0944 or 0207 158 0010, choosing option 1. Demand on these numbers will be high but please keep trying.

"Finally, during the next few days and weeks, you will see additional officers and CSOs in the community and at any events you may be attending. I hope you find this additional presence reassuring."

South Wales Police Chief Constable Peter Vaughan said: "I extend the sympathies of all of us at South Wales Police to those affected by the grave events in London yesterday.

"In the light of this incident in Westminster, South Wales Police is reviewing its current security arrangements and monitoring updates from the Metropolitan Police Service.

"I want to reassure the public that there is no specific threat to this region.  However, the public are urged to be extra vigilant and to report suspicious incidents. 

"Police visibility will increase in certain areas, such as crowded places and iconic locations across the South Wales Police force area. The threat level across the UK is currently at Severe.

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those affected by yesterday's terrorist incident."

The public is advised to be alert and not alarmed. Communities are urged to remain vigilant and to report any concerns to the confidential Anti-Terrorism Hotline on 0800 789321. In an emergency, always call 999. In addition, you can report suspicious activity online here:
https://beta.met.police.uk/tell-us-about/possible-terrorist-activity/report-possible-terrorist-activity/

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