Latest on Paris: Paris Attacks

Published: November 15, 2015

Latest on Paris: Paris Attacks, British security services are working “very closely” with French and Belgian authorities to find anyone involved in the Paris attacks, Theresa May says.

The home secretary warned people in Britain to be “alert but not alarmed” and said increased police patrols and border searches were taking place.

The UK stands “in solidarity” with France, she said, adding: “The terrorists will not win.”

Concerns remain over a “handful” of Britons in Paris, she added.

One Briton – Nick Alexander from Essex – has been confirmed dead, and Mrs May said others had been injured.

A one-minute silence will be held in the UK at 11:00 GMT on Monday. It will be part of a Europe-wide silence at midday French time.

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Eiffel Tower is closed to visitors as a result of the attacks
Mrs May chaired a Cobra emergency committee meeting about the lessons to be learned from Friday’s attack.

Setting out the British response, she said: “The UK police and security services are working very closely with their counterparts in France and Belgium to identify all those involved and to pursue anyone who may have been involved in the preparation of these barbaric attacks.”

Asked if there was a security threat from Islamic State (IS) militants hiding among migrants coming to the UK, she told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that Britain only took the most vulnerable people from Syrian refugee camps, and rigorous checks were in place.

She later said a “crisis team” had been sent from the Foreign Office to Paris to help British citizens who had been injured or witnessed the attacks.

The British ambassador to France, Sir Peter Ricketts, told the BBC it was hard to be exact about the number of injured Britons as people were in various hospitals across Paris.

IS militants have claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Image copyright Alexander family Image caption Nick Alexander died doing the job he loved, his family said
Mr Alexander, 36, from Colchester, died in the attack at the Bataclan concert hall, where he is thought to have been selling merchandise.

His family described him as “generous, funny and fiercely loyal”.

Friends of Mr Alexander also paid tribute to him on social media. Joe Trohman, lead guitarist of the rock band Fall Out Boy described him as a “great guy”.


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