Wandsworth unites following London Bridge attack

Published: Friday 9th June 17

The Leader of Wandsworth Council Ravi Govindia has praised local religious leaders, community groups, the police and the voluntary sector for working together to keep the borough safe and united following last weekend’s London Bridge terror attack.

He said: “We were all deeply shocked and saddened by last weekend’s horrifying incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this senseless attack and with their families and friends who are going through such unimaginable pain and anguish. 

"These terrorists are determined to create division and hate, but they will fail. Right across Wandsworth our residents and community leaders have been coming together to show their solidarity and their utter rejection of the perverse ideology that fuels these evil deeds. These acts are inhuman, they have nothing to do with Islam and they could have no place in any religion.

“I’m very proud and very relieved to report that following last weekend Wandsworth has not seen the increase in hate crime incidents that other places have experienced, but we can take nothing for granted and must remain vigilant and prepared. The council’s community safety team, our youth service and local ward members will continue to work alongside local people and police teams to reinforce our borough’s unity and to help address any fears or concerns in the weeks ahead.

“Wandsworth is a wonderfully diverse, tolerant and cohesive place. Our diversity is our greatest strength and we will never let hate divide us."

The police have issued the following safety advise:

· If you see anything suspicious or you are concerned about someone contact the police on the anti-terrorism hotline: 0800 789 321.

· In an emergency dial 999 or call 101 to report it to the police

· If you are a council tenant you can call the housing department’s hate incident line on 020 8871 6829

· Or report it online by visiting the True Vision website at www.report-it.org.uk

More information on hate crime is available on the council website and the Metropolitan Police website

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