Westminster’s solidarity with Manchester in wake of bombing
Still coming to terms with shock Westminster Bridge attack, community 'stands shoulder to shoulder' with people of the North West
23 May, 2017 — By Alina Polianskaya
Westminster Council leader Nickie Aiken has paid tribute to all those affected by the Manchester attack
PEOPLE in Westminster have pledged their solidarity with Manchester, after the attack yesterday evening (Monday) that has left 22 people dead and 59 injured.
Westminster Council leader, Cllr Nickie Aiken, said: “The City of Westminster stands shoulder to shoulder with Manchester this morning. In Westminster in recent weeks we also suffered deaths inflicted by those who seek to drive a wedge of fear into our communities.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected, particularly those young people and their families who were simply enjoying a special night out, and I would pay tribute to the emergency services, members of the public at the scene and the people of Manchester who have done so much to rally together to support those caught up in this dreadful event.
“Westminster has defied the extremists through its solidarity and Manchester, unfortunately no stranger to terrorist acts, will do the same. Those who seek to divide our people will never win.”
Other councillors and members of the community have also been posting messages of support and solidarity.
Many candidates have suspended their general election campaigns in the wake of the attacks. Both Karen Buck and Lidnsey Hall have Tweeted messages of support.
Police in Manchester said a bomber, who died at the scene, detonated an improvised explosive device in Manchester Arena at around 10.30pm at an Ariana Grande pop concert that was attended by many children and young people.
Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, Cressida Dick, said on Tuesday: “Here in the capital we put extra police officers on duty as Londoners started their journeys into work. This will continue for as long as it is needed, and the mix of armed and unarmed officers are there to reassure.
“Looking ahead to the weekend – a normal busy and vibrant weekend in our city – we are working with all those planning events to make sure we are doing all we can.
“Terrorists seek to spread fear and undermine our way of life. We must work together to stop that from happening. If you have suspicions, tell us; if you see something that concerns you, report it. Together we can protect London.”
The Met said they will deploy more police to events around the capital this weekend.
In March, five people died after Khalid Masood drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before stabbing PC Keith Palmer to death at the Palace of Westminster.
The UK’s terror threat level has been raised to critical in the wake of Monday’s attack. More armed police and military personnel will be on the capital’s streets as a response.
Anyone concerned about suspicious behaviour, or who has information they believe may help police, should call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321.