Leicestershire Police Federation has echoed the views of national Federation chairman Steve White who said news that a police officer died in the terrorism incident in Westminster yesterday had left colleagues and the public numb.
"Our hearts go out to the officer's family, friends and colleagues and also to the families of the other people killed and injured in this horrific attack," says Tiff Lynch, chairman of Leicestershire Police Federation.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed that one of their officers died after confronting a man in the grounds of Westminster Palace, shortly after 2.30pm. Other police officers were also injured after a car struck a number of people on Westminster Bridge.
Steve White said in a statement issued hours after the incident: "No words can capture how members of the policing family will feel after today's horrific events."
He added: "We have lived in the knowledge that an attack on UK soil has been highly likely for nearly three years. Everyone is firmly aware of this fact, but it makes it no less shocking when it becomes a reality.
"This incident highlights the very real risks that police face each and every day. Officers will tonight take the opportunity to hug loved ones and seek comfort in the company of friends and family. But one will not. The pain of that officer's family, friends and colleagues will be shared by us all.
"Our hearts go out to their family and our thoughts are with them and their colleagues at this terrible time along with others who have been injured today."