Finsbury Park Vigil Sees Hundreds of People Lay Flowers In Show Of Unity
Hundreds of people have laid flowers at the scene of the attack on Muslim worshippers in Finsbury Park in a show of unity and defiance.
The vigil took place less than 24 hours after a white van ploughed into people leaving midnight prayers on north London’s Seven Sisters Road, which resulted in one death and nine injuries.
People prepare to lay flowers outside the Muslim Welfare House near the scene of the terror attack
Brendan Cox, the widowed husband of murdered MP Jo Cox, and London mayor Sadiq Khan were among those in attendance.
Tonight I met members of Finsbury Park Mosque. I was awed by their resilience&by the hundreds of locals who came to give flowers& kindness🇬🇧
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“London is a resilient city. We are the greatest city in the world.
“We’ve had a terrible few weeks though – with the terrorist attack on Westminster Bridge, the terror attack at London Bridge, and the awful, awful fire at Grenfell Towers. And of course last night, Seven Sisters.
“But we are a strong city, and after this, we are going to show we are stronger, more united.
“One of the things that all these terrorists share is perverse ideology that wants to divide our community – we’re not going to let them.”
The Government quickly described Finsbury Park as a “potential terrorist attack”. It follows three Islamist attacks in three months – two in London and one in Manchester – that have shaken the nation.
The suspect was not known to the security services, minister Ben Wallace has said. A 47-year-old man remains in custody and is being held for terrorism offences. Multiple reports have named him as Darren Osborne, a father-of-four who lives in Cardiff.