A statement from Council Leader Cllr George Duggins, Deputy Leader Cllr Abdul Khan, Opposition Leader Cllr John Blundell and Coventry Lord Mayor Cllr Lindsley Harvard following the Westminster attack:
“As a council and community we want to express our deepest sympathies to all of the casualties who lost their lives and were injured following the horrific events in Westminster yesterday. Our thoughts are also with the victims’ families.
“We also wish to praise the efforts of the emergency services and particularly the bravery of PC Keith Palmer who was unarmed and murdered while on duty.
“This was a brutal attack which has deeply shocked the whole community in Coventry and we will continue our efforts to work together in the face of any extremist threat.
“We want to resist any attempts to create hate and division. The city is very proud and committed to its very positive community relations and we know that along with ourselves our local faith leaders are united with us in condemning this act. We also wish to show our solidarity and reject all attempts by extremists who may seek to divide us.
“The Union flag is being flown at half mast on the Council House as a mark of respect.”
“We are writing to the Mayor of the City of London and the Lord Mayor of London to show our support, and will also be arranging a book of condolence in the Council House reception so that local people can write their expressions of sympathy.”
“Anyone who wishes to share their support and sentiments on social media can do so at #Westandtogether”