“Firstly my thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, friends and all those affected by the terrorist attack in London’s Finsbury Park.
"In the wake of this latest event, I want to reassure all our communities that the police are doing everything they can to keep them safe including carrying out additional high visibility patrols.
“Our beliefs, religion and cultural traditions are what makes our communities rich and vibrant. They should not be reasons to target innocent people going about their daily lives.
"Events like this cannot over shadow the love, peace and warmth held by our communities. Given all we have faced recently I take heart from the countless selfless acts seen in Manchester and London and the positive community spirt which counteracts the despair and fear that terrorism can incite.
“Hate cannot and will not divide us. We must stand together to build safer and stronger communities and a more tolerant and respectful society in which we can bring up our children for generations to come.”
For information, advice or to report a hate crime you can call the police on 101, Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or via their website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org, or visit the True Vision website (www.report-it.org.uk). In an emergency, always dial 999.
Posted on Monday 19th June 2017