Some memes about yesterday’s bombings

For once, memes isn’t meaning joke quiz things. Three items:

Some advice from the Metropolitan Police

This is a crime against all communities of London and everyone has been affected.

Anyone who has information about the investigation should come forward and have confidence in the way that the police will support them.

Senior officers have met with a range of different community representatives and independent advisors and will continue to do so.

Across London, local police officers are out in the communities working with people and addressing any concerns, from high visibility patrols to reassuring people at places of worship.

Together we will catch the criminals. The people that have committed this crime have struck at the heart of all communities and the bombers would not have known who would have been caught up in this callous attack.

Presence on the streets

The Metropolitan Police is continuing to co-ordinate the emergency service response to the explosions in London on Thursday 7 July.

Following the attacks there will be an increased visible police presence across the capital. These extra patrols will include officers from the Metropolitan Police, City of London Police and British Transport Police. The officers are there to assist and reassure the public, particularly in communities where people may feel vulnerable at this time, and are not a response to any specific threat.

We are encouraging the public to remain vigilant and to report any unattended items or suspicious activity to transport staff or the police. The Anti-Terrorism Hotline is 0800 789 321.

Enquiries regarding travel information should be directed to Transport for London on 020 7222 1234 or www.tfl.gov.uk, or other travel information services.

Members of the public who remain concerned about relatives or friends who may have been affected by these incidents and have been unable to contact them directly are asked to contact the MPS Casualty Bureau on 0870 156 6344.

Police cordons

The four crime scenes have been reduced but limited cordons remain in place at:

  • Woburn Place WC1
  • Tavistock Place WC1
  • Burton Street WC1
  • Flaxman Terrace WC1
  • Russell Square is now open to traffic.
  • Cordons also remain in Edgware Road and Chapel Street NW1.

Casualty Bureau

Police are requesting members of the public to keep Casualty Bureau informed about relatives and friends reported missing.

If people believed someone was missing but now know they are safe they are asked to please contact the Casualty Bureau on telephone 0870 156 6344.

The confirmed number of dead has been placed at more than 50. New figures will be released when we know them to be accurate.

The total number of casualties was 700; of those, 350 people were treated at the scene, 350 have been treated at hospital. 22 people are in a serious condition and one person has since died in hospital.

Transport

Enquiries about travel information should be directed to Transport for London on 020 7222 1234 or www.tfl.gov.uk, or other travel information services.

TfL has provided us with the following statement:

Additional TfL staff will be on duty across the London Underground and London Buses networks providing passengers with the latest travel information.

We are encouraging our passengers and staff to remain vigilant, to question who owns items that remain unattended and to report any unattended items or suspicious activity to transport staff or the Police.

London Underground

London Underground has confirmed the following expected service patterns for Friday. However, this may be subject to potential changes.

Passengers are advised to check the latest travel information for their routes by calling TfL travel information on 020 7222 1234 or visiting www.tfl.gov.uk/tube/travelinfo

Near normal service is operating on the following lines:

A restricted service is operating on the following lines:

District
No service High St Kensington to Edgware Road
No service to Olympia
Reduced Wimbledon to High St Kensington service to operate
Metropolitan
No service Baker Street to Aldgate
Near normal service north of Baker Street
Piccadilly
Services will run:
Heathrow to Hyde Park Corner (every 5 mins)
Acton Town to Rayners Lane shuttle (every 10 mins)
Cockfosters to Arnos Grove (every 10 mins)
Replacement bus services will operate from Arnos Grove to Finchley Central for transfer to the Northern line.
Circle and Hammersmith & City
No service
We hope to operate a replacement bus service along the northern section of the Circle Line, many Circle Line stations are within walking distance to alternative stations, for example Warren Street is a five minute walk from Euston Square.

London Buses

London Buses will attempt to run a full service. Only those routes using the roads around Russell Square, Woburn Place and Aldgate High Street will be diverted. Regular security checks will continue to take place on each bus and at all bus stations and garages for the foreseeable future.

Roads

Roads around Russell Square, Woburn Place and Aldgate High Street will be closed for up to the next 48 hours.

Congestion charge

The congestion charge will not be in effect during Friday 8 July. TfL’s advice to drivers remains not to travel through central London during this period.


In Case of Emergency

Following the disaster in London East Anglian Ambulance Service have launched a national “In case of Emergency (ICE) “campaign with the support of Falklands war hero Simon Weston and in association with Vodafone’s annual life savers award. The idea is that you store the word “ICE” in your mobile phone address book, and against it enter the number of the person you would want to be contacted “In Case of Emergency”.

In an emergency situation ambulance and hospital staff will then be able to quickly find out who your next of kin are and be able to contact them. It’s so simple that everyone can do it. Please do. Please will you also forward this to everybody in your address book, it won’t take too many ‘forwards’ before everybody will know about this. It really could save your life.

For more than one contact name ICE1, ICE2, ICE3 etc.

Some links, to verify the authenticity:


March in defiance of the bombers

There’s a new pledge on PledgeBank:

“I will at the earliest opportunity, assemble in London in a public demonstration of respect to the victims of the July 7 atrocity, defiance of the murderers who carried it out and solidarity with the people of London but only if 100 other people will too.”

Sign up now by visiting www.pledgebank.com/solidarity or text pledge solidarity to 60022.

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