Commuters saw a heavier police presence at east London transport hubs on Monday (December 7) in the aftermath of a stabbing in east London.

Increased patrols will be on hand to “identify and deter terrorism”, say British Transport Police.

A 56-year-old man was left with “serious” stab wounds and another person was injured after an attacker, allegedly declaring “This is for Syria” went on the rampage at Leytonstone Underground Station on Saturday (December 5). The knifeman was Tasered by police and arrested.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Newton of British Transport Police said: “The safety of the travelling public remains our top priority. In addition to our usual specialist response teams, last week we launched Project Servator, deploying even more highly-visible police patrols designed to identify and deter terrorism.

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“Following Saturday’s incident, we are now deploying still more officers in this role. They involve both uniformed and plain-clothed officers, supported by other resources, such as armed officers, police dogs, a network of CCTV cameras, and the thousands of rail staff we work alongside.

“We ask the public to remain calm and carry on using public transport as normal.”

A 29-year-old Leytonstone man has been charged with attempted murder and will appear before Westminster magistrates on Monday.