10 years since London 2005 attacks
7 July 2015 marks 10 years since four suicide bombers struck
London's transport network, killing 52 people and injuring over 770
Three of the blasts happened on London
Underground, on or around 8.50am, in the vicinity
of Aldgate, Edgware Road and Russell Square
fourth device exploded at 9.47am on a bus that had been diverted
via Tavistock Square, close to where BTP’s HQ was at the time. The
building became a base for the walking wounded to assemble in.
BTP officers and staff from across the
organisation worked tirelessly on the day of the bombings and in
the days, weeks and months that followed to deal with the tragic
consequences of these acts and to help ensure safety on the rail
Many colleagues were honoured for their extraordinary efforts
during what was described as one of the biggest challenges faced by
the police service in post-war Britain. The circumstances were
complex, difficult and dangerous, however BTP officers carried out
their vital and specialist roles - including initial rescue, body
recovery, search and mortuary duties, as well as supporting the
extensive coroner’s inquiry which followed. They showed exceptional
courage and professionalism during this critical time.
They were supported by non-operational
colleagues who also went above and beyond to support the frontline
professionally and sensitively, whilst helping to get the transport
network in London restored quickly, efficiently and safely
following the attacks.
Chief Constable Paul Crowther said: “The
heroic efforts of BTP personnel and all agencies who responded to
the events of 7 July 2005 will never be forgotten and the memories
of what happened on that day remain firmly in our minds.
“The tenth anniversary of these horrendous
attacks is a chance for everyone to pay their respects to those who
were killed and injured.
“During the most difficult circumstances, BTP
provided an absolutely outstanding level of service.
“A lot of things have changed since 7/7, both
in how we monitor threats and how we respond when they are
“We now have comprehensive communications
system which allows us to link in with Transport for London and
other agencies much more efficiently.
“We have far greater access to CCTV, with more
widespread coverage than ten years ago, and we use regular training
exercises to test our response to threats.
“All of these changes are designed to help us
ensure this terrible tragedy never happens again.”
Honouring 7/7 heroes
To honour the officers, support staff, members of the
public and train operating company staff who went
the extra mile following the attacks, BTP held two special
commendation ceremonies in December 2005 and April 2006.
Among the 173 people who were honoured at the ceremonies were
officers involved in the initial rescue, body recovery, search and
Speaking at the first ceremony, Secretary of State for Transport
Alistair Darling told officers: "I hope you realise that right
around the world, there was tremendous admiration. All of you can
take pride in what you have done. Getting London back to work the
next day was a tribute to your efforts."
Ian Johnston, BTP's Chief Constable at the time of the bombings,
said: "(The bombings) called for an unprecedented response
from all the emergency services. Without exception, that response
was truly magnificent and BTP played a key part in it.
"This was a complex, difficult and dangerous major incident
across a number of sites, requiring the highest levels of courage,
professionalism and expertise. It was probably the biggest
challenge faced by the police service in post-war Britain.
"For those of us who were not on the front line, we can only
imagine the horrors that you faced, and the surroundings in which
you worked so professionally."
the full BTP roll of honour for 7/7 here.