Manchester bombing: Mayor of Newham’s message to the community

PUBLISHED: 12:17 25 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:32 25 May 2017

The Old Town Hall in Stratford is flying the flag at half mast today

The Old Town Hall in Stratford is flying the flag at half mast today


Sir Robin Wales has urged the Newham community to “stay calm and be vigilant” as it “stands united with the people of Manchester” following Monday’s terror attack.

The Mayor of Newham’s statement followed today’s minute silence for the 22 victims of the Manchester Arena bombing, which was observed by all council employees.

He said: “Here in Newham we show every day how people from all backgrounds can come together as one community.

“We can all be proud that we live in the most diverse place in the country where 90 per cent of people say we get on well together.

“There will always be those who seek to divide us or who want to test our resolve and our togetherness.

“That is why we stand united with the people of Manchester in the wake of Monday evening’s tragic events.

“Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who lost their lives and with those who are injured.”

Sir Robin went on to say that members of the Newham community may be aware of a potential increase in armed officers “at key sites, major transport stations, and areas of high footfall” who were “there to offer protection and reassurance”.

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

The flag at the Old Town Hall in Stratford has been flying at half mast since Tuesday afternoon as a mark of respect to those who lost their lives.

Anyone who suspects suspicious activity or are aware of hate crime or increased tensions are asked to contact police on 101 or 999 in cases of immediate danger.

The Counter Terrorism Policing number is also available on 0800 789 321.

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