Flowers were laid during a memorial service for the victims of the Westminster attacks last night at St. John’s Bethnal Green church. In addition to John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, elected members and a representative from the police dozens of Tower Hamlets residents paid their respects during the vigil.
Hate will not divide Tower Hamlets
Those attending laid spring flowers and written condolences and messages of peace were also shared with The Rt Revd. Adrian Newman, Bishop of Stepney, who led the service. He said hate would not divide the people of Tower Hamlets and urged neighbours to look after each other.
Cowardly acts will not divide us
John Biggs said: “The interfaith vigil at St John’s was a moving tribute to those who tragically lost their lives or were injured in Wednesday’s attack. Londoners of all backgrounds have shown our community stands together in the wake Wednesday’s attack. Our great city has always been and will remain a beacon of freedom, tolerance and diversity. These kind of cowardly acts will not divide us.”
We should never take our freedoms for granted
“The vigil was a public space for people of all faiths and none to grieve, to reject fear, and to stand together in solidarity.” said the Rt Revd. Adrian Newman, Bishop of Stepney. “It was an important reminder that we should never take our freedoms for granted, but stand side by side to celebrate and defend the wonderful kaleidoscopic diversity of communities like ours.
The impact of incidents such as the Westminster attack can have on our communities is constantly monitored. The police are encouraging residents to report any incidents of hate crime to 101.