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‘This country will never be cowed’: Boris responds to London Bridge attack

'This country will never be cowed': Boris responds to London Bridge attack
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Boris Johnson has just released a statement in response to the terrorist attack at London Bridge this afternoon. Several people were stabbed before a man wearing a fake suicide vest was shot dead by police. The Prime Minister, who returned to Downing Street from his constituency following the incident, said his message to terrorists is that 'this country will never be cowed or divided or intimidated by this sort of attack'. Here is his full statement:

‘I’ve just been briefed by the commissioner and assistant commissioner of the metropolitan police about the events at London Bridge this afternoon. While this is an ongoing investigation, the police can confirm that this was a terrorist incident.

My thoughts are first with the emergency services, the police, the bravery that they showed in going towards danger as they do.

I also want to pay tribute to the extraordinary bravery of those members of the public who physically intervened to protect the lives of others. And for me they represent the very best of our country and I thank them on behalf of all out country. I think we’re all very saddened to learn that some people have been injured in this event and our sympathies are very much with them and with their loved ones.

I can assure everyone that anyone involved in this crime, in these attacks, will be hunted down, will, be bought to justice. And I think the message that we send to them and anyone associated with this type of attack is one that will be familiar and that is that this country will never be cowed or divided or intimidated by this sort of attack and our values, our British values, will prevail.’

Written byTom Goodenough

Tom Goodenough is the Spectator's online editor.

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