And Still #WeStandTogether
Following the incident outside of the Muslim Welfare Centre near Finsbury Park Mosque early this morning, the city’s One Voice partnership strongly condemns this act of violence on innocent people.
We are deeply sorrowful at yet another tragedy affecting our communities. We send our deepest sympathies to the family who have lost their loved one, those who have been injured, and all affected communities.
We praise the restraint and courage shown by Muslim community members from the mosque and those present at the incident, who joined together in peaceful prayers after having restrained the perpetrator of this tragic incident and following his arrest. Our Muslim communities demonstrated the compassion and resilience that is the hallmark of our communities in the UK as seen following the recent attacks in London and Manchester and in the tragic fire and loss of lives in the Grenfell towers.
The Chair of the Racial Harassment Forum Mahir Chowdhury summed up the city’s ethos. He said: “We do not tolerate violence against innocent people, wherever it takes place in the world. We as communities, council, and police stand together and speak with one voice against extremist perspectives and actions in the city and elsewhere. It’s now even more important for all our communities to demonstrate that we will not let any terrorist action divide us and continue our great tradition of unity and respect for all."
One Voice partnership urges all our communities to stand together as one to stop these acts of violence and hatred from carrying on further and work together to stop Islamophobia, racist and other hate incidents.
Threat Level, Reporting Suspicious Activities
The threat level from terrorism to the UK has remains unchanged at ‘Severe’, meaning an attack is highly likely. The police and other agencies continue to work to keep the public safe.
Co-operation between the public and the police is the greatest asset in tackling the challenge the UK faces from terrorism. Sussex Police and Brighton & Hove City Council are asking all residents and communities to remain aware and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity immediately by calling the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 or 999 in an emergency. You can also report online to Sussex Police at sussex.police.uk/contact-us/report-online.
For further information and support, go to www.safeinthecity.info/getting-help/preventing-ter... or www.gov.uk/ACT .
Reporting Hate Incidents and Seeking Support
One Voice members urge everyone to be aware and encourage residents and communities to report any racist, religiously motivated or other hate incidents within our communities. Please report hate incidents at www.safeinthecity.info/getting-help/racist-incidents
Please find attached information about various ways to report hate incidents in this email.
If you are worried or concerned about how any of the terrorist incidents and subsequent developments have affected you or any of your communities, please do advise Nahida (Nahida.Shaikh@brighton-hove.gcsx.gov.uk) or on 01273 290584 and we will ensure that together with other statutory partners we will respond to community concerns.
The leaders of the three political groups have issued a collective statement that you will find here.