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COMMUNITY MESSAGE

LONDON BRIDGE AND BOROUGH MARKET ATTACKS - COMMUNITY MESSAGE

Please find below a number of brief further updates regarding our ongoing response to the tragic terrorist attacks at London Bridge and Borough Market over the weekend, which you are welcome to publicise across your local networks:

LONDON BRIDGE ATTACK VIDEO

Statement from Eleanor Kelly, Chief Executive, Southwark Council:

‘‘As many of you will be aware from reports in the press today, a video clip taken from Borough Market on Saturday evening, showing the tragic events of that night, is currently being widely circulated online and through social-media.

These remain difficult days for so many within Southwark and beyond, and I strongly condemn the insensitive release of this footage, which can only add further distress to those who have been affected by those attacks and their families. I would discourage anyone from watching or sharing this footage if they come across it.

In the days ahead we will continue to work tirelessly with our partners and our communities to provide ongoing support to those who have been affected by these attacks. We are immensely grateful to all of those who continue to contribute to this vital work.

Since Saturday, the people of Southwark and of London have come together, stood together, and grieved together. In the days and weeks ahead we will restore together. They will not win.’’ 

BOOK OF CONDOLENCE

The book of condolence remains open to the public at our Tooley Street offices, and will remain in place until such time as Southwark Cathedral reopens and the book can be moved there. The details of this move will be published on the council’s website and on social-media when known.

FLORAL TRIBUTES

In the coming days we will bringing floral tributes from across the wider area to London Bridge to create a focal point for ongoing remembrance. Further information on this will be published on the council’s website and on social-media shortly.

REMEMBRANCE EVENTS & COMMUNITY STATEMENTS

Thousands of people gathered at Potters Fields Park on Monday evening to pay poignant tribute to those who were killed and injured in the attacks. The vigil was led by the Mayor of London, and attended by the Leader of the Council as well civic, faith, and community leaders from Southwark and across London. Southwark Council also held a minute’s silence at its Tooley Street offices at 11am on Tuesday, led by the Leader of the Council, Cllr. Peter John, and Chief Executive Eleanor Kelly.

 

Locally, the Chair of the Southwark Multi-Faith Forum, Musharraf Chaudhury, released the following statement on behalf of the group:

http://www.southwark.gov.uk/news/2017/jun/southwark-multi-faith-forum-statement-on-the-london-bridge-attack

Additionally, a number of representatives from Southwark’s Muslim communities visited Tooley Street on Monday to meet with the Mayor and Deputy Mayor in the aftermath of the attacks. The following powerful statement was agreed by those attending:

‘‘We, as leaders of Southwark mosques, stand together as a united community in solidarity with our fellow Londoners. We are shocked and saddened by the recent appalling attack at Borough Market and London Bridge. Our deepest sympathies and prayers go out to all the victims, their families, and their loved ones.

Such barbaric attacks have no place in Islam, and we must not let this cause division and hatred amongst our communities. We stand united, shoulder by shoulder, and condemn the attacks in London and Manchester in the strongest way possible.

Here in Southwark, we the mosque leader pledge to build a stronger bond between our organisations, and to work closely with authorities to identify and tackle all forms of extremism. This hatred will not defeat our shared values, our way of life, or the civilisation of this country.

We pay tribute to the immense bravery of the police, fire, and ambulance services, and that those of fellow Londoners who have worked to support those in need since the horrific incident on Saturday.’’

KEY ADVICE AND FURTHER INFORMATION LINKS

The advice for anyone who was affected by recent events continues to be to visit the Home Office website, which includes up-to-date information about the range of support available.

Anyone who sees or hears anything suspicious which might be related to terrorism are advised to call the police Anti-Terrorism Hotline on 0800 789 321. The hotline is confidential, and is open 24 hours a day. The police emergency number should always be used where there is deemed to be an immediate risk of harm.

Southwark Council and the police continue to work closely to ensure a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime in any form. Anyone who experiences an incident of hate crime is encouraged to report it to the police at the earliest opportunity. More information around reporting and support is available at: http://www.2.southwark.gov.uk/hatecrime

 

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