5th Dec, 2016

Huddleston urges vigilance after attacks in Paris

Joshua Godfrey 14th Nov, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

EVESHAM’s MP has urged people to remain vigilant after the ‘horrendous’ terror attacks in Paris.

Speaking to the Observer, Nigel Huddleston said Britain was ready to assist France in the aftermath of the violence.

Islamic State terrorists are believed to be behind the attack in the French capital last night (November 13), which killed 129 people.

“I was shocked to hear of the events unfolding in Paris,” Mr Huddleston said.

“The death toll is appalling – and British citizens are likely to be amongst the victims of this horrendous attack on innocent people who were doing nothing other than trying to enjoy a Friday night out.”

“My thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted by these terrible events.

“It would appear that most of the attackers are now dead and I know that the French and international security services will do everything they can to bring any fleeing perpetrators to justice.

Bars, restaurants and a concert hall were targeted in the simultaneous attacks.

France’s President Francois Hollande has called the violence an “act of war” and blamed so-called Islamic State for the bloodshed.

“The French President has responded in a clear and uncompromising way.  We stand ready to assist the French as we have so many times in the past,” he added.

Prime Minister David Cameron held an emergency cabinet meeting this morning (November 14) and said security would be reviewed in the UK as a result of the attacks in Paris.

Mr Huddleston believes the UK’s terror threat level is unlikely to change unless fresh intelligence suggests an attack is imminent in the UK.

“The UK threat level is already at “severe” which is the second highest level and it means an attack is “highly likely”.  This level is unlikely to change unless intelligence is discovered to suggest an attack on UK soil is imminent,” he added.

“In the meantime, we must all remain vigilant while carrying on with our normal lives as best we can.”