De­fi­ance and love

CROWDS GATHER TO RE­MEM­BER THOSE LOST IN SATUR­DAY’S TER­ROR AT­TACK

Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - Front Page - DAVID RIVERS david.rivers@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @DaveHar­ryRivers

WEST Lon­don re­acted with de­fi­ance to the ter­ror­ist at­tack in Lon­don Bridge which killed seven, with some even of­fer­ing to open up their homes to those in need.

A gang of ter­ror­ists in a van ploughed into pedes­tri­ans at around 10pm on Satur­day.

They got out the ve­hi­cle and be­gan stab­bing peo­ple in nearby restau­rants and bars.

Seven were killed and 48 in­jured, some se­ri­ously.

Fol­low­ing the at­tack, peo­ple in west Lon­don were quick to of­fer mes­sages of sup­port, with some even of­fer­ing their homes.

An­thony J My­ers, un­der @ajmy, tweeted: “If any­one caught up in Lon­don Bridge or Bor­ough Mar­ket needs a place to stay, I’m far west Lon­don, but you’re very wel­come. #so­faforLon­don.”

Another, named as Lisa un­der @ lisa_ww, tweeted: “I’m in west Lon­don (Eal­ing). If any­one in­volved in the ter­ri­ble in­ci­dents tonight needs tea or shel­ter, you are wel­come.”

Labour can­di­date for Eal­ing Southall Viren­dra Sharma said: “Last night was an at­tack on our city of tol­er­ance. To de­feat this ha­tred we must carry on liv­ing our lives and be ev­ery­thing they were not.”

Eal­ing Coun­cil leader Ju­lian Bell said: “I want to ex­press my sin­cere con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies and friends of those killed as a re­sult of [Satur­day] night’s at­tack at Lon­don Bridge.

“We low­ered the flags to half-mast over Eal­ing Town Hall early this morn­ing as a sign of our re­spect.

“Although Lon­don is a city in grief to­day, we will not be cowed.

“We will stand united and we will stand firm against ha­tred, big­otry and ter­ror­ism.

“This great city’s great­est strength is the unity of its di­verse com­mu­ni­ties and we must not for­get this.”

In a state­ment re­leased on Sun­day, Houn­slow Coun­cil stated: “Fol­low­ing the hor­rific ter­ror at­tack in Lon­don Bridge and Bor­ough Mar­ket last night, we would like to ex­press our deep­est sym­pa­thy on be­half of ev­ery­one in the bor­ough, to the fam­i­lies and friends of all those killed and in­jured.

“This is another sense­less at­tack, but we must all stand to­gether as one com­mu­nity in the face of ad­ver­sity.

“As a mark of re­spect the flags at the Civic Cen­tre are be­ing flown at half mast.”

Leader of Eal­ing Con­ser­va­tives Greg Stafford tweeted: “Thoughts & prayers for all in Lon­don Bridge area tonight.

“We must act res­o­lutely to bring per­pe­tra­tors to jus­tice & those that har­bour them.”

Po­lice at the scene in Bor­ough High Street on Satur­day night

(Right) Peo­ple hurry down Bor­ough High Street as po­lice deal with the in­ci­dent on Satur­day night; (left) peo­ple are led to safety away from Lon­don Bridge af­ter the at­tack; (be­low left) armed po­lice in St Thomas Street on Sun­day morn­ing, near to the ter­ror­ist in­ci­dent

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