'Be vigilant' says MP after Paris attrocities - The Worcester Observer

'Be vigilant' says MP after Paris attrocities

Worcester Editorial 18th Nov, 2015 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016   0

WORCESTER’S MP has expressed his horror at the Paris terror attacks and called on city residents to be vigilant in the aftermath.

Speaking to the Observer, Robin Walker said he was ‘horrified’ by the scenes in the French capital on Friday night (November 13) which have left at least 132 people dead.

The Faithful City stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the French people following the horrific terror attacks in Paris.

Flags were lowered to half mast and residents joined the rest of Europe in a one minute silence on Monday (November 16) to remember those who lost their lives on Friday night (November 13) in the French capital.

Candles and flowers were also left outside the Guildhall including a sign which said ‘solidarity’- a poignant symbol to show Worcester stood defiantly with France.

It’s believed Islamic State terrorists carried out the attacks in Paris, but Mr Walker highlighted the fact the terror threat level in the UK remained at severe.

“I’m horrified by what happened in Paris and I’m glad we’re doing everything we can to show our solidarity for France,” Mr Walker said.

“I think it is right for everyone to be vigilant against terrorism and we have to recognise that the level of threat remains severe to the country as a whole.

“I have no reason to believe that Worcester is any more of a target than anywhere else but there is no harm in people being vigilant.

“It is important our security services have the scope and power to protect people.

France has begun further air strikes against key Islamic State targets in Syria, but Mr Walker said he would still need convincing over whether Britain should join the fight.

“I would need convincing. France, Russia and the US are already involved in Syria, how would Britain help the situation?” he added.

“I will judge very carefully any future intervention.”

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