People on social media are spreading fake news about the length of time it took police to respond to the Finsbury Park terrorist attack in comparison with the London Bridge attack.
A fortnight ago, when jihadi terrorists struck the area around London Bridge, the Met Police said that within eight minutes of receiving the first 999 call, the last attacker had been ‘neutralised’.
When the Grenfell Tower was set ablaze on Wednesday morning, the London Fire Brigade pointed out that they arrived at the scene within six minutes of the first 999 call.
Now, in the aftermath of the attack on Muslim worshippers near Finsbury Park Mosque, people are criticising the emergency response which some are claiming to have been almost 30 minutes late.
Why did the Police take so long to respond? Why only one ambulance?
Cuts again? https://t.co/NN6Sd2kdQ8
— FaeryOdd (@faeryodd) June 19, 2017
Did it really take an hour for Police to respond? Chilling if true. What a tragic few months for London. https://t.co/YA8sBuJtYp
— Spamfish (@Spamfish) June 19, 2017
To the contrary of these claims, the Met Police confirmed to The Mirror that:
A) The first 999 call came in at 12:21am.
B) Police in the immediate area responded instantly.
C) Additional units arrived within 10 minutes.
A spokeswoman for London Ambulance Service also denied there were any delays, saying ‘it’s definitely not 45 minutes.’
The Met Police’s Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism, speaking shortly before 8:30am, added:
From 00:21hrs this morning police received a number calls to Seven Sisters Road following a van having collided with pedestrians.
Officers were in the immediate vicinity as the attack unfolded and responded instantly. Additional officers arrived within 10 minutes.
The names of the attacker and the victim are yet to be revealed.