15 August 2011
Jersey Chief Minister, Senator Terry Le Sueur, has issued the following statement in response to the death of 6 people in St Helier on Sunday (14 August 2011):
“I was deeply saddened and shocked by yesterday’s tragic events and I would like to extend my sincerest condolences to the friends and relatives of those involved.
“This is now a police inquiry and we fully support States of Jersey Police officers as they carry out their investigations. I have every confidence in the ability and professionalism of our police force in handling this investigation. We must now avoid speculation and allow them to continue with this important work.
“Jersey is a very safe place and events of this terrible nature are very rare. This has greatly shocked the Island’s community. Many will need support and counselling in the days ahead and we will ensure this is provided.”
“I would like to thank emergency services and especially paramedics and Hospital staff for their tireless work yesterday. I would also like to thank the Parish of St Helier for opening the Town Hall to help the community at this tragic time. It reinforces the importance of the parish at the centre of Island life and the strength of our community.”