Council leader’s message following Islington attack

Published: Monday 19th June 17

The leader of Wandsworth Council has expressed his sympathies to all those affected by the appalling incident which took place in Islington last night and has reaffirmed London’s unity in the face of terrorist extremism.

He said: “On behalf of everyone at Wandsworth Council I want to express my deepest condolences and sympathies to the people of Islington who have suffered such an outrageous and shocking attack. Our city is being tested yet again in the cruellest possible way and I want all those affected to know that Londoners stand with you at this incredibly difficult time.

“This horrendous incident will be a cause of great concern to Wandsworth’s Muslim community and the council’s community safety team is now working alongside the police and other authorities to visit local mosques and religious venues to review and strengthen security arrangements. I can also confirm that additional police resources are now in place and there will be visible reassurance patrols for the foreseeable future. This includes additional police vehicle that will be focusing on religious venues across the borough.

“The council is also reaching out to all community and faith leaders to ask for their support and vigilance in the wake of this appalling attack. Just last week I hosted a meeting of religious leaders at Wandsworth Town Hall where all those present agreed a shared message of unity and a refusal to allow any act of barbarity to undermine our cohesive and peaceful way of life. That message has even greater significance today and I am immensely grateful to everyone involved in reassuring, supporting and protecting our local community through these challenging times.

“Following last night’s terrorist attack the people of Wandsworth have once again responded with concern, kindness and a show of even greater unity. This is something we should all be very proud of.”

The police and council have issued the following safety advice:

· 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 http://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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