Mayor of Newham responds to London Bridge terror attack

Floral tributes are laid near Borough Market in London following Saturday's terrorist attack (Pictu

Floral tributes are laid near Borough Market in London following Saturday's terrorist attack (Picture: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire) - Credit: PA

The Mayor of Newham has responded to Saturday’s terrorist attack in London, saying that “extremists of any kind will never win”.

Sir Robin Wales spoke out after two raids - one yesterday and one this morning - took place in East Ham in connection with the attack.

He said: “Newham is a proud London borough, a truly diverse place , and we are proud that in our borough people from all backgrounds come together as one community.​

“There will always be those who seek to divide us or who want to challenge our unity, and our values.

“That was the case again on Saturday night when contemptable fanatics drove a van into innocent people enjoying a night out before embarking on an horrific knife attack.

“The people of Newham stand with all those affected by this tragedy. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who lost their lives and with those who are injured.”

He added that the council is flying the flag at half mast outside the Old Town Hall, Stratford, and that staff will be joining the rest of the country in a minute’s silence at 11am tomorrow.

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Sir Robin continued: “We salute the bravery of the London’s emergency services for the swift and effective way they dealt with the attack.

“As London comes to terms with another terrorist attack, it is inevitable that security may be tightened. You may see more police and armed officers on the street.

“It will, as it always does, strengthen our resolve to refuse to cower in the face of those who seek to terrify, maim and kill. We will stand up to hate. Our strong message is that extremists of any kind will never win.”

He added: “The important message is to stay calm and be vigilant. Our emergency services prepare day in, day out for these situations.

“If however you suspect suspicious activity or are aware of hate crime or increased tensions in your community, report this via the Metropolitan Police’s 101 number or dial 999 if there is fear of immediate danger. You can also contact the Counter Terrorism Policing number on 0800 789 321.”