Statement from the Mayor of Newham: We will not be terrorised

19 June 2017 in Community safety
It is with great sadness that again we have awoken to news of another terrorist attack on the streets of London. The attack in the early hours of this morning saw Muslims leaving their place of worship during the holy month of Ramadan run down by a man driving a van. 
Sadly ten people have been injured and one person has died during this attack, which I wholeheartedly condemn. I send my deepest condolences to the victims, as well as the Muslim community in Finsbury Park and across Newham. As a sign of respect the flag at Old Town Hall, Stratford, has been lowered to half mast.

This is not the kind of London we all know and love. Only this weekend we witnessed people from all walks of life unite to remember the life of Jo Cox, the MP for Batley and Spen who was killed in her constituency last year. As per usual Newham residents threw themselves in to these Great Together events celebrating the different talents and strengths we have within our community.

Terrorists are frightened by sights of communities getting along side-by-side, they want to divide us by striking fears in to our hearts. But we will not be cowed, we will not be terrorised.

We will however be extra vigilant.

Newham Council will work with our partners in the police, including the 40 council-funded police officers, to provide additional reassurance to the Muslim communities in our borough as we come to the end of Ramadan and the upcoming Eid ul-Fitr celebrations.

Jo’s words: “We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us,” are even more poignant today than ever.