Liverpool’s political leaders and police leaders went out to show support for an urban community that has been shaken by this week’s shocking terrorist attack.
Mayor Joanne Anderson, Chief Constable Serena Kennedy and Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell were in Sutcliffe Street in Kensington today – which was the focus of a major armed police operation following Sunday’s deadly explosion at the Women’s Hospital.
An address on the street where the terrorist attack suspect Emad Al Swealmeen previously lived is still cordoned off and guarded by officers.
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Residents of quiet Kensington Street are still shaken by the events of recent days, and Mayor Anderson, Chief Con Kennedy and Police Commissioner Mrs Spurrell spoke to people in the area and tried to reassure them today.
A Sutcliffe Street resident, Golan Shawon, told ECHO: “No one knows how long the police will stay here.
“It’s scary, this place to me is very good. It’s quiet and kids usually play on the street. It’s still shocking.”
The street was cordoned off Sunday after the attack as police shooters surrounded the property where Al Swealmeen previously lived, training their rifles on the parallel back streets.
Today, Chief Constable Kennedy said: “I think it was obviously a real shock to these residents on Sunday night and some of them had to be evacuated.
“It’s disturbing, it’s disturbing to be removed from your home, and I think they’re happy to be home.
“I think people are reassured by the extra resources they see in the area, and we’ve told them we want to stand side by side with our communities and leave a strong community going forward.”
Mayor Anderson said: “We have come down today to try to reassure residents that we are there for them in the long run.
“People wanted to talk about Sunday night and how traumatic it obviously was and their experiences.”
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