Statement from Mayor Biggs Following the Finsbury Park Attack

Commenting on the Finsbury Park attack, Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said:

"This 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."

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