NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione says people in Sydney should go about their business as usual, and not let the tragic end to the Sydney cafe siege affect their work routine.
Scipione, alongside NSW Premier Mike Baird, held a press conference in Sydney today, following the revelation three people had been killed – two hostages and the hostage taker – during the 16-hour-long siege at a cafe in Sydney’s Martin Place.
“To the people of Sydney… this was an isolated incident,” Scipione said.
“Do not let this incident bring about any loss of confidence about working.”
The police commissioner added that this was not the time to speculate or come up with theories, adding that the Lindt cafe premises had been secured and at this stage we have no explosive devices been found.
“Our first thoughts and prayers are with the innocent victim of this horrendous, vicious attack,” he said.
Baird told media, “the values we held dear yesterday, we hold dear today.”
“They are the values of freedom, democracy and harmony.”
The Premier paid tribute to the men and women of the NSW Police, who he said “saved many lives” over the past few hours.
He added, “We should go about our business” as usual.
Yesterday, Baird encouraged people who work in the Sydney CBD exclusion zone to “work from home tomorrow”. The exclusion zone was set up around Martin Place, not long after the siege began.
Here is a map of the exclusion zone:
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