Our response to the attack in Finsbury Park

A vigil to honour all those who were killed or injured in the Finsbury Park terror attack will take place at today at 7.15pm in front of London Muslim Centre, 46 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1JX. All residents are welcome to attend.

The council, police, religious and community leaders are also working together to help prevent a similar attack taking place in the borough.

More police and council enforcement officers will patrol the borough; our rapid response team will now work until the early hours of the morning; schools will hold assemblies to help reassure their children and remind them that there is no place for hate in Tower Hamlets and physical barriers to prevent terror attacks are being considered.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: “The horrifying and cowardly attack against innocent worshippers is utterly abhorrent.

“Over the past months our great city has faced numerous attacks by those who seek to divide us. Despite that, every attack has shown we are a community who stand shoulder to shoulder in hard times.

“Understandably there will be concerns amongst many in the East End following last night’s attack. This morning my Cabinet Member for Community Safety and I met with the Borough Commander to discuss the situation and we fully support her decision to step up high-visibility patrols around places of worship in the borough to reassure residents.”

Cabinet Member for community Safety Cllr Asma Begum said: “The attack in Finsbury Park is an awful reminder of the threat hatred poses to all our communities.

“In response to the attack the council has convened an emergency meeting to bring together the police, religious and community leaders to address the issues raised and reassure communities we are taking the threat of similar attacks in Tower Hamlets seriously. I welcome the increased police presence on our streets and we will continue to work with mosque and other community leaders to review and improve safety in our borough.”

Sue Williams, Borough commander said: "Our thoughts are with family and friends of the man that died and those injured in this horrific attack. There is now an ongoing investigation by our Counter Terrorism Command to establish why this attack was carried out.  London is a city of many faiths and nationalities which is even more so evident in Tower Hamlets. I have put out extra officers in the Borough to help reassure the local community, they will be there for as long as they are needed. Communities will see those additional officers patrolling our streets and near by Mosques to provide reassurance. It is important to me that any hate crime is reported to police so my officers can provide victim care and apprehend those responsible. I want to assure our local community that the police will do everything we can to keep you safe."

Alan Green, Chair of the Interfaith Forum said: “This was a shocking and cowardly attack on worshippers maintaining their religious duties during the holy month of Ramadan. Our Muslim brothers and sisters must not be held responsible for terror attacks, nor will they be left to defend themselves against hateful words and murderous acts directed at them. Here in Tower Hamlets we are proud of our history of mutual support and we will continue to celebrate our diversity in face of such aggression, standing shoulder to shoulder and declaring that there is No Place For Hate.”

Mr Hira Islam, Secretary General of Council of Mosques - Tower Hamlets said: “My prayers and thought are with those who have been injured and the person who lost his life. The terrorist will never succeed in dividing our communities, rather it will unite us in our common goal to work and live together in peace and harmony"

Incidents of hate crime can be reported by calling 101.  

Join our No Place for Hate campaign: www.towerhamlets.gov.uk  and share messages of solidarity through #westandtogether

To give information anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.

Posted on Monday 19th June 2017