Thu, 05/12/2019 - 11:38am -- Anonymous (not verified)



Communities across Brighton & Hove stand together as One Voice

Following the incident on the London Bridge on Friday 29th November 2019, the city’s One Voice Partnership strongly condemns this act of violence on innocent people.  

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 UK and elsewhere.

The incident on London Bridge 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 praise the members of communities and Londoners who continue to show great courage and resilience during and since the incident.   

We also praise and wish to repeat the advice given by our Muslim community leaders not to share the videos of attack to avoid promoting of hate further.  Tackling online material is important to protect the public and prevent promotion of hatred and terrorism. 

We urge you to report all online material promoting hate, extremism or terrorism at: www.gov.uk/report-terrorism

The Brighton & Hove ‘One Voice Partnership’ reaffirms that communities, council and police stand together in solidarity.   We stand firm that these acts of violence must not go any further.  We must look out and care for each other and ensure that individuals, communities and places of worship are not singled out in our city.  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. 

Reporting Suspicious Activities

There is no intelligence to indicate any increased threat to communities in the UK, however as always, it is important to remain vigilant but not alarmed.

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 continue to work together to ensure that we keep Brighton & Hove a safe place for all of our communities.  We ask all residents and communities to remain aware to and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity immediately by:

Calling 999 in an emergency

or calling the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 or online at www.gov.uk/ACT

For further information and support, go to www.safeinthecity.info/getting-help/preventing-terrorism-and-extremism.

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 to Sussex Police or call them on 101 if it’s not an emergency

If you have been harmed by or witnessed a hate incident, our community safety team is here to support you and provide advice. You can contact our team by:

email: communitysafety.casework@brighton-hove.gov.uk
phone: 01273 292 735 
using our online reporting form

For further information please see www.safeinthecity.info/getting-help/racist-incidents

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