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Parsons Green terror attack: Increased police presence in Hounslow, says Borough Commander

Hounslow's Chief Superintendent Raj Kohli says there will be an "enhanced presence at train stations and other transport hubs"

More police officers will be out on the streets and at transport hubs across Hounslow , in the aftermath of the Parsons Green terror attack.

Hounslow Borough Commander Raj Kohli has stepped up police patrols at train stations as well as public places with large footfall, in response to the explosion at the west London tube station.

The chief superintendent has reiterated people remain "calm but alert" following the terrifying morning rush hour incident on Friday (September 15).

Mr Kohli said: "Hounslow Police have increased the numbers of officers on the streets and the public will see an enhanced presence at train stations and other transport hubs in addition to other locations which have a huge footfall of public."

"The officers are there to protect the public and no one should be alarmed at their presence," he added.

"We urge the public to remain calm but alert and if you have any concerns, see or hear anything suspicious then contact police."

The Metropolitan Police was called to reports of a fire on a train at around 8.20am to Parsons Green underground station.

The incident has since been declared as terror related.

The scene of Parsons Green terror incident(Image: Ian Vogler)

Met Police and British Transport Police remain at the the scene along with London Fire Brigade and the London Ambulance Service.

Photos from the scene show a bag on fire with wires coming out as well as passengers fleeing the scene.

The fire was caused by the detonation of an improvised device, acting commissioner for the Metropolitan Police Mark Rowley said.

(Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)


The station remains cordoned off and people are advised to avoid the area.

Anyone who has information that would assist detectives is urged to contact the hotline 0800 789 321.

Anyone with images from the scene is asked to upload them to www.ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk

For live updates on this incident, head to our live blog.

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