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Police have set up concrete barriers around busy pedestrian zones

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Ainsley Smith Apr 24, 2018 11:58 am 1,197

Additional safety measures have been taken to keep pedestrians safe in Toronto, following the fatal van attack that claimed the lives of 10 innocent pedestrians and injured 15 others in North York on Monday.

On Tuesday morning, Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins shared photos of new cement barriers that had been erected in areas with heavy foot traffic.

This includes the sidewalks surrounding Union Station.

“Heads up if you’re travelling around Union Station,” wrote Aikins on Twitter today. “There are now barriers for protection which need a little navigation.”

Aikins also added that additional Toronto police and GO Transit Safety officers are stationed around the station to help anyone with questions or concerns about safety.

Last month, Toronto police set up concrete barriers in the area of the Rogers Centre as part of increased security measures for pedestrians.

A photo shared on Twitter shows that additional concrete barriers had been delivered to the Rogers Centre this morning.

These safety measures follow Monday’s horrific attack, which police are saying was deliberate.

Alek Minassian, a 25-year-old Richmond Hill man, was responsible for driving the rental van that mounted a curb and ran down pedestrians in the busy intersection of Yonge and Finch.

Minassian was arrested on Monday, following an intense standoff with a lone police officer, who is now being praised for the peaceful arrest.

Minassian has since been formally charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 accounts of attempted murder.

At a press conference Monday evening, Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders told the media that Minassian wasn’t known to authorities.

He also said that his motive is still unknown.

Although, there are speculations circulating that Minassian may have been motivated by the ideology of an online group called Incel.

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Ainsley Smith
Ainsley is a Staff Writer at Daily Hive. She's a former Vancouverite turned Torontonian who is passionate about avocado toast, aesthetics, and avocado toast aesthetics. Story idea? E-mail her at [email protected]

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