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Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed the announcement from the Home Secretary that he is to boost the funding available for places of worship to enhance their security following the events in New Zealand.
“The terrorist attack on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, was an act of gross cowardice and an assault on all religions. My thoughts are with the families of the victims and other affected.
“The government has said that the funding for South Yorkshire Police will remain the same for the coming financial year as this - provided that council tax is raised by £1 per month for each household.
“The combination of hot heads and hot weather is a dangerous mix. Add to that anti-Muslim sentiment and you may have what lies behind the attack on a group of people leaving the mosque after evening prayers in London on Sunday.
The indiscriminate attack on ordinary people in London on Saturday night was shocking and further evidence that the terrorist threat is real.
Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, has commended South Yorkshire Police for the way they have responded to the increased demands placed on them as a result of last week’s attack in Manchester.
Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “The attack on those leaving the concert in Manchester was sickening and cynical and an assault on both the individuals who were there and our way of life.
Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, has launched on his website a renewed version of his Police and Crime Plan for 2013-17.
I very much welcome the fact that the funding for policing is not going to be cut in any draconian way.
It will soon be one hundred days since I was elected Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire. What have I done in that time?