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Leicestershire Police Federation chairman Tiff Lynch has expressed her sympathy to the families of the victims of the terrorist attack in London on Saturday evening.

"Our thoughts are with the families, friends and loved ones of those tragically killed in this latest atrocity and the many people injured," says Tiff.

"I would also like to commend our colleagues in the Metropolitan Police who once again found themselves responding to a horrific unfolding incident and acted in the finest traditions of policing, running towards danger while others fled.

"There were some exceptional acts of bravery by both police officers and members of the public as they sought to prevent further loss of life."

In the wake of the attack, the Force has decided to immediately increase the visibility of armed officers on patrol at events and crowded spaces across the county.

It is actively reviewing its operational plans for the General Election and may increase security at polling stations.

A number of key locations and events will be earmarked for extra armed and unarmed patrols in the next two weeks.

Assistant Chief Constable Rob Nixon is leading the Force's operational response to Saturday's incident.

He said: "While the national threat level remains at 'severe', we have assessed, and will continue to review, the situation and will take whatever steps are necessary and proportionate to maintain public safety.

"We will continue to deploy armed officers in key locations but this is primarily to provide visible reassurance and to enable officers to respond quickly and effectively in the unlikely event of any incident. I must stress there is no intelligence that is specific to a threat in Leicestershire."

He has urged everyone to remain vigilant and to look out for signs that someone is acting strangely or out of character. Meanwhile, Calum Macleod, the vice-chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, has renewed calls for more investment in neighbourhood policing in the wake of the attack.

He said: "We know the information to stop these mindless attacks exists within communities and great work is being done to forge strong, valuable relationships to capture this. But it cannot be jeopardised by reducing the contact the police has with the public."

He welcomed the extra investment that has been made in counter-terrorism policing but added: "This is not enough on its own - other areas, like community policing, need more boots on the ground now so that we can strengthen those neighbourhood relationships and stop the terrorists before they claim more lives."