Northamptonshire police officers observe two-minute silence after Paris shootings

Police officers and staff observing a two-minute at Wootton Hall this morning
Police officers and staff observing a two-minute at Wootton Hall this morning

A two-minute silence has been held by Northamptonshire Police as a mark of respect for the 12 people murdered at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris yesterday.

The force also flew flags at half mast at 10.30am, 24 hours after the killings, while the silence was observed.

PC Nick Price tweeted shortly after 10am: “@NorthantsPolice Will, where possible, all pause for 2 minutes at 10:30hrs today to remember those lost #JeSuisCharlie #CharlieHebdo.

He added: “As a mark of respect to the victims of the French attack @NorthantsPolice Chief Constable has arranged our flags to be flown at half mast.”

Yesterday Northamptonshire police shared an appeal for information on the Paris shootings, in which gunmen shot 12 people dead at the head offices of the French satirical publication Charlie Hedbo.

London’s Metropolitan Police is asking for anyone who was in the city around the time of the attack - at about 11.30am local time- and may have information to come forward.

A poster, which has been released on social media and shared by Northamptonshire Police, reads:

“Have you recently returned from Paris? Did you see any suspicious activity whilst you were there? Did you witness the attack? Have you video footage, mobile phone footage or photographs of the area?

“Please make yourself known to a Police Officer or Immigration Officer.

“You can also contact the free, confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.”

Chair of the Northampton Islamic Association, Councillor Mohammed Azizur Rahman (Con, Castle), attended an impromptu vigil which took place outside Northampton Guildhall last night to show solidarity with the victims of the attack.

He condemned the killings and said: “This is disgusting and nothing in Islam condones it. The Qur’an says that taking one innocent life is an attack on all humanity.

“But depictions of the prophet Muhammad is a very sensitive religious issue and I think freedom of speech, while it is very important, needs to take that into account to avoid anything like this happening again.

“My condolences to the families and friends of all the victims.”