Lincolnshire

Outpouring of support for Lincolnshire Police following Westminster attack

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Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Bill Skelly has expressed his gratitude at the support shown by people in the county a week after the terror attack in Westminster.

The chief constable said he was touched by the acts of remembrance carried out by the force, and by the tributes paid by members of the public.

Khalid Masood killed three people when he drove onto the pavement on Westminster Bridge. He then stabbed his fourth victim PC Keith Palmer outside Parliament before being shot dead my armed officers on Wednesday, March 22.

Following the atrocities, people across the country have gathered in remembrance ad defiance. In Lincolnshire a service of silence was observed at the force headquarters in Nettleham.

Chief Constable Bill Skelly added in a video blog that a number of county residents had handed in items and letters of support to the force, any thanking staff for their service.

He said: “Last week’s murderous events in Westminster have really thrown into relief some of those issues I feel about sense of justice and fairness, the abuse of power and our sense of duty.

“I was really touched by the remembrance that took place last week and in the days since when we remembered out colleague Keith Palmer and the sacrifice that he made in the line of duty.

“I have also been really touched by the outpouring of support that the public have given to us, not just nationally and at locations down in Westminster, but also far more locally here in the county area, where people have handed in items and given letters of support to say thank you for the work that we do and that the service does as a whole.

“It gives us a sense of the support that we have in our community on a daily basis.”

The chief constable also spoke about developments in the force’s ongoing Blue Light Collaboration project with fire and ambulance services and his continuing tour of the county during his first few months in the role.