Theresa May has warned that Britain is in the grip of a spate of copycat terror attacks in the wake of the London Bridge atrocity.
The Prime Minister delivered a stark assessment of the threat facing the UK after seven people were murdered and dozens more injured by three terrorists on Saturday night.
It was the third terrorist outrage to hit the country this year following the Westminster and Manchester attacks.
Speaking outside Downing Street, Mrs May said that although there was no direct link between the three incidents, “terrorism breeds terrorism”.
The PM said: “This is, as we all know, the third terrorist attack Britain has experienced in the last three months.
“In March a similar attack took place just around the corner on Westminster Bridge. Two weeks ago the Manchester Arena was attacked by a suicide bomber and now London has been struck once more.
She said: “Violence can never be allowed to disrupt the democratic process, so those campaigns will resume in full tomorrow and the General Election will go ahead as planned on Thursday.
“As a country, our response must be as it has always been when we have been confronted by violence.
“We must come together, we must pull together, and united we will take on and defeat our enemies.”
Meanwhile in Barking, east London, there was an armed police operation, but Scotland Yard were unable to immediately confirm whether there was any link to the attacks.