One Voice - Standing Together

Tue, 23/04/2019 - 11:21am -- charlotte.farrell

#WeStandTogether

Following the incident in Sri Lanka, the city’s One Voice Partnership strongly condemns this act of violence on innocent people.

The targeting of churches during Easter Sunday services and hotels in Sri Lanka has deeply shocked and saddened us all.  We send our deepest sympathies to the families of those who have lost their loved ones, those who have been injured, and all affected communities.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. 

We do not tolerate violence against innocent people, wherever it takes place.  Together we speak with one voice against extremist perspectives and terrorist actions in the city and elsewhere.

Vigils for Victims of Terrorist Incidents

One Voice Partners are organising vigils in the city to pay respect to the loss of over 300 lives and 500 people injured.  These are the moments when we stand side-by-side in solidarity, love and understanding.

It is also an opportunity to remember all those killed or injured elsewhere in the world in similar violence.

Everyone is invited and welcome to join the vigils. 

Prayer Vigil at Hove Methodist Church, Portland Road, Hove

Wednesday 24th April 2019

6pm to 7pm 

The city’s Interfaith Contact Group invites all communities to join a prayer vigil, to pay our respects to those who died and also those that have suffered both directly and indirectly as a result of this atrocity.

Scotland Yard Statement:

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon, the Senior National Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism Policing, said: ‘Together with our intelligence partners we continually monitor the varied threats we face, including to and around places of worship and specific communities across the country, to ensure we have the most appropriate protective security measures in place to keep people safe’.

He also urged places of worship to carry out the 'ACT Awareness eLearning' training package.

The ACT 2018 campaign was implemented to reinforce one particular message – that communities defeat terrorism.

Places of worship can use an online training package ‘ACT Awareness eLearning’ for advice on Protective Security and how to react should the worst happen. It can be

Found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/act-awareness-elearning

If you are worried or concerned about how the incident has affected you or any of your communities, please do advise me (Nahida.Shaikh@brighton-hove.gov.uk) and we will ensure that together with other statutory partners we will respond to community concerns.