Statement following the senseless attack on innocent people near Finsbury Park Mosque.
Following the senseless attack on innocent people near Finsbury Park Mosque, Coventry councillors are calling on people in the city to continue to unite against anyone who attempts to cause intimidation or fear.
In a joint statement, the Council Leader, Cllr George Duggins, Deputy Leader, Cllr Abdul Khan, and the Leader of the Conservative Group, Cllr Gary Ridley said:
"We are flying the Union Flag at half mast and our thoughts are with all the innocent victims, their friends, families and loved ones who are once again attempting to make sense of such a mindless act of terror.
“Witnesses to the Finsbury Park attack have stated how the emergency services and residents acted quickly to help the casualties in the early hours of this morning. Coventry people are being asked to be vigilant as they continue to go about their everyday lives.
“In Coventry we are absolutely clear about the unity that exists between communities of all faiths and backgrounds. This is yet another incident that will again raise tensions but our collective response is to stand together.”
Communities in the city are being asked to remember that acts of terrorism are committed by a small minority of people and those people do not represent Coventry communities.
People are advised that they should look out for anything that seems out of place, unusual or doesn’t seem to fit in with day-to-day life.
There are many ways you can report – through local police on 101 or in an emergency 999, via the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 and online you can click on the red button on the West Midlands Police website to report online terrorist and extremist material. People can pick up the latest advice from West Midlands Police on social media @wmpolice.
In Coventry if anyone feels at all vulnerable or wishes to report any acts of hate crime, they can call the police on 101. Anyone reporting an emergency should call 999 and ask for the police. Hate crime can also be reported online or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
People should report hate incidents when they happen.