Parsons Green tube bomb: London will not be stopped by terror, commissioner says as armed police presence increased

London will not be stopped by terror, Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said as she highlighted an increased police presence on the capital’s streets after the Parsons Green Tube attack.

Her comments came as armed police and military personnel were deployed across the capital as the terror threat remains at critical.

The UK is on the highest terror alert after Theresa May raised the threat level, which means another attack is expected imminently.

Police armed with guns were pictured patrolling Tube stations and outside landmark areas across London amid officers continued to investigate on Saturday.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick on the South Bank in central London (PA)

Ms Dick spoke as she joined officers on some of the city’s busiest streets, travelling on the Tube to Waterloo Station and patrolling the tourist hot spot of the South Bank.

She said: “London has not stopped after other terrible attacks and it will not stop after this one.”

The Commissioner said the public should feel “utterly reassured” by the presence of police.

Armed police patrol in Westminster Underground station as the terror threat remains at critical (Getty Images)

“I’ve been out and about today. The public seem to be very positive about the number of officers that we have… The great thing about London is that we don’t give in, we don’t give in to terrorists – we never have and we carry on.” She added.

“So the transport system is running just as it ever did and the events are going ahead today. People are out and about. I’ve spoken to lots of people, Londoners and tourists and business people. People are here and I would say, carry on about your business and secondly, of course, be vigilant.”

She added: “My main message is London is carrying on. Carry on with your business but be alert, don’t be alarmed but make sure you tell us anything that worries you.”

Parsons Green explosion incident on the Tube – In pictures


Images emerged on social media of flames spilling from a bucket which appeared to be on the train


Emergency services on the platform at Parsons Green



An injured woman is assisted by a police officer close to Parsons Green station in west London after an explosion on a packed London Underground train



Armed police stand by a cordon outside Parsons Green tube station

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Police, fire and ambulance crews descended on the station

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An injured woman is comforted outside the station



Bomb disposal and armed police unitson the scene at Parsons Green

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Personal belonglongs and a bucket with an item on fire inside it, are seen on the floor of an underground train carriage at Parsons Green station

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Police with a woman after the incident at Parsons Green



Nick Crowley shows his charred forehead following an explosion whilst on the Tube

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Armed British police officers walk through the carriage of a London underground tube carriage at Parsons Green underground tube station in west London

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Tube carriage and emergency services on the tracks after explosion

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Police and emergency services at Parsons Green Station following reports of an explosion on a tube train.

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An injured woman is led away after an incident at Parsons Green underground station in London



Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley speaks to the media outside New Scotland Yard, London, after a terrorist incident was declared following a blast which sent a “fireball” and a “wall of flame” through a packed London Underground train



A forensics officer on the platform at Parsons Green station in west London after Scotland Yard declared a terrorist incident following a blast which sent a “fireball” and a “wall of flame” through a packed London Underground train



A tube train at Parsons Green station in west London after Scotland Yard declared a terrorist incident following a blast sent a “fireball” and a “wall of flame” through a packed London Underground train



A police officer and a sniffer dog pictured near Parsons Green tube station



View of emergency services on the tracks at Parsons Green

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Commuters were left traumatised by the incident



Bomb disposal units rushed to the scene



Crowds gather outside Parsons Green tube station

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A woman reacts outside Parsons Green tube station



Emergency services tend to panicked commuters outside Parsons Green Tube station

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Images emerged of a bucket alight reportedly on the District Line train



Fire crews, police and ambulance crews rushed to the scene

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Police vehicles line the street near Parsons Green tube station


It comes as an 18-year-old man was arrested in Dover over the explosion, which injured 29 people. He remains in custody and will be transferred to a south London police station in due course.

Met Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said that the arrest was “significant”, but added: “Although we are pleased with the progress made, this investigation continues and the threat level remains at critical.”

“The public should remain vigilant as our staff, officers and partners continue to work through this complex investigation. We are not, at this time, changing our protective security measures and the steps taken to free up extra armed officers remain in place.

“This arrest will lead to more activity from our officers. For strong investigative reasons we will not give any more details on the man we arrested at this stage.”

Armed police officers on patrol in Westminster (REUTERS)

A manhunt was launched after a device in a bucket exploded on a rush hour District Line train on Friday morning, forcing passengers to flee in panic.

Armed guards at schools in west London after Parsons Green terror

Prime Minister Theresa May subsequently raised the country’s terror threat to “critical”, while armed police have been deployed across the capital’s streets and train stations.

The country’s top counter-terrorism officer suggested on Friday night that more than one suspect could have been involved in the attempt to slaughter commuters in a tube carriage.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said police were “chasing down suspects”, while suggestions were made by Donald Trump that the bomber was known to Scotland Yard.

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