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‘Thousands of people’ expected to march in central London tomorrow, Met Police say

Thousands of police officers are undertaking extra patrols across London following the terrorist attack on Israel and ensuing conflict with Hamas.

In addition to the reassurance and security patrols, police officers have visited more than 200 schools as well as more than 300 synagogues, mosques and other places of worship.

The Met Police posted via their website, “Some of our communities are telling us they feel very vulnerable and we are working with their leaders, faith groups and others to reassure them and ensure they feel safe.

“A significant increase in hate crime, particularly anti-Semitism, is reflected in the scale and focus of our policing operations.

“We are expecting thousands of people to travel to central London tomorrow (14 October) to make their voices heard in a March for Palestine.”

More than 1,000 officers will be on duty to police the march, in addition to officers across the capital, and will work alongside stewards and organisers.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor, who is responsible for policing in London this weekend, said: “Our role as an independent and impartial service is to balance the right to lawful protest with potential disruption to Londoners.

“People do not have the right to incite violence or hatred. The law is clear that support for proscribed organisations is illegal.

“Anyone with a flag in support of Hamas or any other proscribed terrorist organisation will be arrested.

“We will not tolerate the celebration of terrorism or death, or tolerate anyone inciting violence.”