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Chief Constable statement following incidents in Bath and Wells

Chief Constable Sarah Crew has released the following statement:

The tragic events in Bath and Wells earlier today are utterly horrifying and a full investigation is already underway to establish what happened and bring those responsible to justice. 

Police officers from Avon and Somerset and British Transport Police were called at about 10.30am today (Tuesday 30 November) to reports of a number of people being injured at Bath Spa train station and all three emergency services attended immediately.  

A second incident then occurred in Market Place and the Cathedral Green areas of Wells at about 11.20am.  

At this time we are treating the two incidents as linked.  

Our initial operational response was in line with how we would respond to a terrorism incident. Although the motivation for these attacks are not yet clear, we’re liaising closely with our colleagues in Counter Terrorism Policing, and it has now been formally declared as a terrorist incident. We’re keeping the Home Office fully updated on developments.

Sadly, several people have been killed and injured in this attack. 

We can confirm one of the fatalities is a police officer. We are not able to confirm any further details at this stage, but this development will be devastating to the officer’s family and loved ones, as well as the entire policing family. A second police officer has also been injured.

Our thoughts are with those who have lost their lives or been injured in today’s atrocities. 

A Casualty Bureau will be set up for people to call to check on family and friends. If you’re safe, let friends and family know. If you have concerns about a family member of a friend, we will be issuing contact details for the Casualty Bureau as soon as they are available. 

We believe three people involved in the attacks have been shot by armed officers responding to this incident and have subsequently died at the scene. As an investigation is ongoing, we would urge people not to share material – including videos and photos – on social media as it may impact on the pursuit of justice. 

Police, with all our partners, will continue to work hard to protect the public and keep people safe. We cannot let those who wish to divide us win; we must stay united against hate and come together as one united community. 

Cordons remain in place and there is continuing disruption to the road and rail network in and around Bath and Wells, while investigation work is carried out at the scenes. We’d ask the public to avoid both areas. 

Public safety is always our top priority. We ask the public to remain vigilant and call 999 immediately if they see anything suspicious that causes them concern. If you see anything suspicious, you can also call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. 

To keep updated on what is happening follow us on Twitter @ASPolice or visit our website. We’ll provide another update as soon as we have more information.