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the nation observing a minutes silence for those who lost their lives and all those affected by the fire in grenfell lives and all those affected by the fire in gre nfell tower. lives and all those affected by the fire in grenfell tower. police say 79 people are now known to have died. there will be further coverage on bbc one and the bbc news channel. we will bring you any updates from the emergency services as soon as we have them. this morning another community in shock. one man dead and ten people injured after a van was driven into worshippers outside a mosque at finsbury park. we canjoin my
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we can join my colleague we canjoin my colleague ben brown who is there. i'm ben brown in north london, where police are investigating the third terror attack in the city in as many months. once again, a vehicle was used to target people — as a van was driven at speed into a crowd of muslim worshippers outside a mosque. one person died and ten people were injured. bystanders pinned down the terror suspect before handing him over to police. when he was running, he was saying, iam going when he was running, he was saying, i am going to kill more people. i asked him when he was on the ground, wide you do that? innocent people. he said, i want to kill muslims. a 48—year—old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. good morning from finsbury park,
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where one man has died and ten people have been injured after a man drove a van into worshippers near a north london mosque. the van hit people after mounting the pavementjust after midnight outside the muslim welfare house, near finsbury park mosque. a 48—year—old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. home secretary amber rudd said the attack is being treated
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as a "terrorist incident" and counter—terrorism officers are at the scene. london mayor sadiq khan said the attack was an "assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect." we can hear now from some eyewitnesses. there was loads of muslims on the street and the van ploughed into them. the driver was eventually dragged out of the car and onto the floor, people were eating and punching him. the imam came out of the mosque and said, do not hit him, pin him down and call the police. he has given us good words of advice. muslims today are victimised and we don't feel safe
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walking the streets of britain and we walking the streets of britain and we shouldn't have to be this way. were you in the group of people around the man when he was taken out of the van? yes. what happened? was he trying to stay in the van? of the van? yes. what happened? was he trying to stay in the vamm of the van? yes. what happened? was he trying to stay in the van? it was a struggle to get him out. people we re a struggle to get him out. people were beating him up, and they would do because they were angry residents. police eventually came but the response time took way too long. i spoke to police on the other side of the bridge and asked them why it took so long, when the london bridge was four minute response time. the metropolitan police have got to answer why they took so long. i have video footage on my phone off a somalian woman on the floor
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a policeman on the other side why the police took so long, he said i cannot give you any information. he said it is because it was reported as a collision, therefore it wasn't confused, they thought he slipped up and crashed. he was building up speed towards us, it was a reaction to what happened on london bridge. finsbury park is predominantly muslim area. he knew exactly what kind prayers were finishing, then he came out and specifically run the muslims over. it's not fair, we are already victimised as it is. we cannot go to the mosque without looking behind our backs. just practice religion we have to look behind our backs, we are living in fear. we have heard from the
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commissioner of the metropolitan police saying, london is as a tea of many faiths and nationalities, and an attack on one community is an attack on everyone. she said the terrorists will not succeed in their attem pts terrorists will not succeed in their atte m pts to terrorists will not succeed in their attempts to divide us and make us live in fear. also from the deputy assista nt live in fear. also from the deputy assistant commissioner, saying there would be extra police patrols in all communities in london, particularly those marking ramadan. let's get this report on the latest developments from my colleague richard galpin. it is shortly after midnight and worshippers whojust it is shortly after midnight and worshippers who just left the finsbury park mosque in north london have come under attack. hit by a van which had ploughed into the crowd, leaving many casualties. he basically drove on the pavement coming towards all the muslims and as he's coming to them he hit all of
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them. i was coming towards the shops andi them. i was coming towards the shops and i saw a large crowd of people on the pavement. i learnt after that a van that was standing out by the traffic lights was the van that mode people down. the crowd managed to catch the van driver pinning him down before he could escape. and these pictures appear to show the suspect being detained by the police. this is being treated as a terrorist attack and the counterterrorism command is investigating. this was an attack on london and all londoners and we should stand together against extremists whatever the cause. should stand together against extremists whatever the causem the aftermath of the attack, people started preying on the street. this is the muslim holy month of ramadan. amongst the community here, there have been some accusations that the authorities were slow to call this a terrorist attack. but this is being
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denied by the government. terrorist attack. but this is being denied by the governmentm terrorist attack. but this is being denied by the government. it was treated immediately as a suspected terrorist attack. we must allow the police to deal with the facts and they will make sure they make those fa cts they will make sure they make those facts available as soon as they can. our priority must be to support the people who have been victims of this and to make sure the investigation is done with all due speed and professionalism. this morning the area remained sealed off as the police investigation continues. already there are plans to increase security around mosques. each borough commander across london, and there's 32 boroughs we are talking about, will make sure there's additional uniformed around mosques. some of that is from people being brought back off leash to make sure we are brought back off leash to make sure we are keeping everyone safe. this towards the end of the month of ramadan is the highest part of the month, many go to the mosques in the evenings. we don't want anyone to
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think they cannot go out their lives because they are feeling vulnerable. muslim leaders say there have been many incidents of islam phobia following the series of attacks in london and manchester in recent months by islamist extremists but what has now happened in finsbury parkis what has now happened in finsbury park is by far the worst. counterterrorism officers are investigating at the scene. with me now is counter—terrorism consultant and former head of the national counter terrorism security office, chris phillips. what will the counterterrorism officers be doing right now?m what will the counterterrorism officers be doing right now? it is very similar to other terrorist attacks, it is being treated as a terror attack so they need to get as much evidence as they can about what happened at the scene, witnesses and things like that, but then also the forensics. the most important thing again isjust forensics. the most important thing again is just because this person was in the van alone, it doesn't
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mean he acted alone so it's important we tracked down anyone might be linked to him in anyway. they have him so it should be easy to find out, and also his motives because that's very important from the terrorist perspective. so trying to find out if this is a wider conspiracy, notjust him acting alone? yes, and it looks like it is him acting alone but we don't know, there may be other people involved in this. there is a big difference between a actor and a person who is pa rt between a actor and a person who is part of a wider network so it's important for the police to investigate that and get on with taking the man to court. and yet againa taking the man to court. and yet again a vehicle attacking pedestrians. it appears to be the new method of terrorist attacks. well of course it is very simple and
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it's an easy thing to copycat. me and you could get in a car and decide to do that if we were that way inclined. very difficult for the police to do anything about unless they have prior intelligence and we have a lot of people out there who might be so inclined. unfortunately it isn't really easy thing to do. how stretched do you think scotland ya rd how stretched do you think scotland yard would be right now? they have had so much to deal with in the last few months, the westminster attack, the manchester —— london attack and g re nfell tower the manchester —— london attack and grenfell tower now as well.|j the manchester —— london attack and grenfell tower now as well. i don't know how the government can go ahead with all of these cuts, there's further cuts, not for the police this year, really the government need to tell the police those cuts cannot go ahead, in fact we need more money because the police are so stretched. part of the reason the response was a bit lax here overnight is because these officers have been working so hard all of
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this last few weeks. scotland yard saying they were on the scene pretty quickly within ten minutes, but chris phillips thank you, that is the former head of the national counterterrorism office. our assistant political editor norman smith is in downing street with the latest on this. that cobra meeting bringing together the emergency services, intelligence services, local authority, all of the key players. i think that has now the key players. i think that has now finished because we sought the home secretary amber rudd leaving a short time ago. if you look behind me you can see them bringing out a lectin. that will be for the prime minister to make a statement i would think in the next 15 minutes or so. an important statement for the prime minister on how she calibrates this because she has faced a good deal of criticism in the wake of the g re nfell tower criticism in the wake of the grenfell tower fire so she will want to make sure she catches the right
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mood and strikes the right note. obviously very different response to the aftermath of the london bridge attack, when you remember the prime minister gave that speech about enough is enough, and she set out a series of measures to confront islamist extremism. now she's having to address terrorism directed, it seems, at the muslim community. then she was talking about a series of policy initiatives, for example beefing up tpms and talked about making it easier to deport people, maybe opting out of elements of the human rights act to make it easier to pursue such policies. today a different sort of statement, i imagine the prime minister will want to stress that terrorism is terrorism from wherever it comes, but also a moment when i expect she will want to offer some words of reassurance because
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will want to offer some words of reassurance because this was the fourth terrorist incident we have had in the last three months. the third in london. the other area which will be the focus of a lot of attention will be resou rces . focus of a lot of attention will be resources. are there is sufficient police resources to deal with this threat we now seem to face? the home secretary saying earlier she did not believe resources were an issue, and the emergency services were satisfied with what they had got. we know in the wake of the london bridge attack there was criticism of the fact that 20,000 police officers have been cut over the past five, six years. the home secretary does believe the emergency services have the sufficient resources, but she said that will be kept under review. we have had a succession of terrible
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events, london, westminster bridge, manchester, london bridge, the g re nfell tower manchester, london bridge, the grenfell tower disaster, and all of this. i suppose all of that would be enough to test the mettle of any prime minister, any government?|j mean, prime minister, any government?” mean, sure. these are extraordinarily difficult, turbulent, daunting times. very unsettling times. it is imperative the prime minister manages to strike the prime minister manages to strike the right tone. betty manages to give voice, perhaps, yes to the sense of horror and grievance, but also to reassure people that our way of life can continue, people can go about their daily business. the police are putting in additional resou rces police are putting in additional resources to strike the right national mood. interesting to that sajid javid, the communities secretary, has been down to finsbury park. he said it was his first instinct to go down there. we don't know if mrs may will go down there.
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i thought it interesting as well, trying to reassure people about the police response, about which there has been some criticism on the ground, describing it as thorough and professional. he said the police had been on site within a couple of minutes, which would be a very swift response indeed. but clearly he feels the police did manage to respond very, very swiftly, to the first reports of the attack infant bridge park. we should get more details about the government's overall response shortly from the prime minister. thank you very much indeed. norman smith. the police saying they did have some officers in the vicinity who responded almost immediately. others within about ten minutes of the first emergency call, which was that 21 minutes past midnight. norman they're talking about the communities secretary who has been here. jeremy corbyn was here. he was
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here. jeremy corbyn was here. he was here overnight for a considerable amount of time. he said he was shocked by this horrific and cruel attack. he is expected to attend prayers later at the finsbury park mosque down the road. let's talk to somebody who witnessed the aftermath of what happened here. joining me now is the bbc reporter abdirahim saeed. you work for the bbc world service. what did you see and what did you hear? i arrived after the incident has happened. i was driving from central london to north london. by pure coincidence i saw a huge amount of police cars and i'm... trying to get through. i made my way towards them. on my left hand side, i realised something was not right. there were too many people shouting, disorganised. i immediately chose to
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park my car at the next level. i came back, perhaps 30 steps, and i saw one of the most horrific scenes. a couple of bodies, motionless, not moving. two men, their clothes were bloodied. and i spoke to people. i said, what thejuicy? —— what did you see to one person said, i saw everything. he said, do you see that white van behind us? there was a white van behind us? there was a white van behind us? there was a white van across the bodies. i was told there were eight bodies on the ground. he said, do you see that van? aid which took an immediate swerve left and mowed into people. this was a side road. a dead end. a local cafe. it is not far, to give
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you some context, there are a couple of mosques away. the nearest one is 30 seconds away. this is the last few days of ramadan. a lot of people would have been leaving the mosque, performing lead prayers. and would have either finished or taking a break at the cafe. there were loads of people milling around. it was very busy. so the people you saw lying on the floor, we know that ten people were injured, probably two seriously and one man who died. he was already being treated, we are told, perhaps heart condition, when the van struck the people treating the van struck the people treating the man? yes, the actual suspected attack happened not in front of the two of mosques, but a few seconds‘ walk at the side of the cafe. more than one person has told me there was an old gentleman, an asian man,
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who was not feeling well. suddenly he collapsed on the side road. a lot of people who were just leaving the mosque and other muslims, tried to help them out. a lot of people gathered around him. i have been told, just as that happened, the van and drove through. you have been first quite a few hours. what is the mood of the community? how much anger is there? i stayed for almost anger is there? i stayed for almost an hour. especially until the police came. people were dealing with the immediate aftermath. they had access to the scene. there was no police cordon. there were people already performing cpr. and also, but the —— by that time ambulance crews had arrived. i spoke to many people. some saw exactly what happened and some were some saw exactly what happened and some were quite worried. a lot of people were quite shocked initially. has this really happened here? a lot
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of people just out of their mouths covered it, gasping. and later on, as people started opening up, given the circumstances, the number of people lower on the ground, given the fact a lot of people said, i didn‘t see it myself but i came soon after, people said the was apprehended. we have got confirmation from the police, but his identity otherwise has not been confirmed. a lot of people said he was a white man. given what he uttered, and i did not hear him, but a lot of people say he altered islamophobia slogans. given all those factors, eventually things moved from shock into condemnation. this should not be happening. a lot of people said they are looking for a swift and fast condemnation from politicians. they should not be waiting. thank you very much. he saw
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the aftermath. works for the bbc world service. another eyewitness said that the man in the van had said, kill all muslims. this man was one of several witnesses who held him and pinned him to the ground. a local imam came and told him to keep hold of the balancing police arrived. an imam who appealed for calm. that is the latest from the scene. we know that after this attack, which is being treated as a suspected terror attack by counterterrorism officers on the scene, one man has died, ten are injured, two seriously. we are expecting a statement from the prime minister at about half past 11. this is the scene. we will bring that to you live. more on the latest terror attack to strike london.
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back to rebecca. let‘s have more now on the grenfell tower fire. police now on the grenfell tower fire. police now say 79 people were either dead or missing presumed dead. dominic cash yanni zach new scotland yard. we have heard from the metropolitan police. it has been a grim update? it has indeed. it has been really quite grim. stewart cundy, who is in charge of this incredibly large operation, gave a press conference. more than 200 officers working on this operation to try to uncover the remains of those killed in this fire and secure the scene, and understand what has happened. a little while ago the police gave us an update. over the last 48 hours our investigators have been working
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tirelessly and working with families to establishjust tirelessly and working with families to establish just how many we believe are missing from grenfell tower. and as of this morning i'm afraid to say there are now 79 people that we believe are either dead or missing, and i have decidedly presume they are dead. of that 79, we have formally identified five people. we are supporting the families and loved ones of each of those 79. and with the agreement of the families and the coroner, once we have confirmed the identities of those who have died, we will be releasing their names. now sadly, for many families, they have lost
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more than one family member. and my heart truly goes out to them. commander stuart cundy. i think you got a sense of the emotion in his voice. he went into grenfell tower on saturday morning with his team. he told us recently couldn‘t find the words to describe the devastation he saw, the absolutely appalling scenes from flat to flat, floor to floor, as he went through the building to get a sense of how awful this fire had been. i will give you a sense of how difficult it is now going to be for the police to move is now going to be for the police to move forward in terms of identifying all of the 79, and potentially other victims as well, if these figures change. the police work dead they may have to go abroad. they may have to try to retrieve dental records quite sidibe ghosts only people who lived in grenfell tower began their lives in another part of the world. that will delay the investigation.
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the criminal investigation, this is also very important. the police are now also very important. the police are now saying they are looking at potentially all types of criminal offences. they are breaking that investigation into three parts. they will be looking at how the building was managed and maintained down the yea rs. was managed and maintained down the years. it‘s fire safety record and the procedures to manage a fire should it happen. and finally, the construction and refurbishment of g re nfell tower, construction and refurbishment of grenfell tower, which of course has been at the centre of a great deal of speculation in recent days. commander cundy said it would be a far reaching investigation. he wouldn‘t put a figure on how long it wouldn‘t put a figure on how long it would take. identifying the victims will take many, many weeks. thank you. and footage has emerged of firefighters on their way to the blaze last wednesday morning. some viewers may find this distressing. jesus christ, mate. jesus christ.
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there‘s kids in there. jesus. it's the towering inferno, isn't it? how is that possible? how has that happened? footage of firefighters on their way to the blaze at grenfell tower last wednesday morning. more now on the attack at finsbury park mosque. let‘s return to ben brown. rebecca, thank you. we are expecting
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a statement in downing street from the prime minister on this latest terror attack to hit the united kingdom and to hit london as well. we will bring that to you as soon as she appears. but first of all, let‘s talk to professor andrews so at the scene, director of terrorism studies at the university of east london. we have another attack. again using a vehicle. one person dead, ten injured. your thoughts? it is the latest in a series of lethal incidents in the uk and one of the lessons that comes from it is how easy it is to carry out fatal attacks. you don‘t need to acquire weapons, attacks. you don‘t need to acquire weapons, you just need a vehicle and if you can get your hands on a vehicle you can go out and kill people. one of the concerns is that the motivation this time seems to be more right wing reactionary and that kind of feeds into the extremist
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narrative and makes it likely we are more likely to see more attacks rather than less. it ramps up the temperature. this supposed there is a fear there is an element of copycat, if you see an attack in a vehicle and you want to do something like that, you copy it. yes, especially in great britain where it is not easy to get hold of weapons. the solution is use a vehicle, use knives, use something you can acquire without attracting suspicion and then carry out a lethal attack and then carry out a lethal attack and you don‘t have to share the ideology and that‘s one of the key things in this attack. this is coming from a different direction, not an islamist motivated assault. and i suppose the police who are investigating will want to know if this man was acting alone or with others and the help of others. exactly, it would be the same type of questions as in the manchester or
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westminster attack. is this a man acting as an individual or with connections to a network. we would expect some differences from the islamist attackers but it is still politically motivated violence. the uk had gone for a number of years without any major terror attacks since 7/7 and now we have had four infour since 7/7 and now we have had four in four months. yes, arguably the worst since 2005 when there were a lot of terror plots coming. one reason is you could look at the impact of islamic state in terms of driving islamist extremism, but then you get a counter reaction from the far right which is feeding into it. the result is that as it gets worse as the violence escalates, the
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likelihood of more attacks increases so it pushes the police —— puts the police and security services under more pressure. the prime minister has talked about the danger of hate online and trying to crack down on that, what‘s your view of what the authorities can do? online does play authorities can do? online does play a role and it is there in the background but in most cases there is real—world issues also happening, so it is friends and family, personal experiences, and it isn‘t just happening in someone‘s bedroom while they are surfing the net. it is not, i would argue, the biggest priority. thank you for your time. cobra has been meeting, the government‘s emergency committee which seems to be meeting regularly, sadly, these days and we are going to be hearing soon we think from the
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prime minister in downing street so let‘s go to our assistant political editor norman smith again. they have become almost routine, these cobra meetings. i'm afraid they have in recent weeks and months and they follow a familiar format which is trying to pull together the information that we know about these attacks. then two main elements, one is reassurance attacks. then two main elements, one is reassurance on attacks. then two main elements, one is reassurance on the other is security. given that this is the third terror attack in london in as many months, there will be a need to offer a sense of confidence that people can go about their daily lives, the business, work, everything continues as normal. at the same time there has to be an awareness the same time there has to be an awareness that additional security will have to be put in place. we heard from the communities secretary earlier saying there will be extra police, more visible high—profile policing outside mosques. the home secretary too clocking up that there
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is £2.5 million available to places of worship to apply for grants to improve security around those promises. that will be continued. a lot of the focus too i would imagine will be on resources because in the wa ke will be on resources because in the wake of the london bridge attack, there was a lot of concern about whether cuts to police numbers had impacted on the ability of the police not just impacted on the ability of the police notjust to patrol the streets but to gather intelligence about potential threats. then when we about potential threats. then when we hear from the about potential threats. then when we hearfrom the prime minister, interesting in a number of ways, one isa interesting in a number of ways, one is a lot of pressure on the prime minister to get the tone right and strike the right note, given the criticism she has faced in the wake of the grenfell tower fire so there will be an imperative on striking the right note and to be suitably empathetic. but also interesting too because the last time the prime
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minister spoke in the wake of a terror attack, she set out a series of steps directed at islamist extremism. she talked about trying to reduce the number of safe spaces for intolerance and extremism to breed. she talked about in the public sector in particular she cited examples in schools and local government where she felt there had been far too much tolerance of extremism too long. today we have a very different sort of terrorist attack, directed specifically at the muslim so mrs may no doubt will want to reflect that and i imagine she will want to stress her belief that terrorism is terrorism wherever it comes from and whichever community it is directed against. interesting too to see whether the prime minister chooses to go down to finsbury park. we don‘t know but of course finsbury park. we don‘t know but of course there was considerable anger that she didn‘t meet some of the
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relatives and survivors of the g re nfell tower relatives and survivors of the grenfell tower fire. we know relatives and survivors of the grenfell towerfire. we know sajid javid has been to finsbury park, he said it was his first instinct to go down there. it is a calculation for downing street as to whether mrs may will go down there. we will have to see. there has been no confirmation one way or the other but i would imagine that is something they will be thinking through inside number ten. thank you. let's talk at the scene in finsbury park where we know after this attack one person is dead, ten injured, two seriously after the van was driven into a crowd of people close to a couple of mosques here. to anas altikriti, ceo at the independent think—tank, the cordoba foundation, which aims to promote inter—cultural dialogue.
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what are your thoughts after this terrible attack? the objectives have run out. tragic, sad, and thinking we are run out. tragic, sad, and thinking we are still reeling from the g re nfell tower we are still reeling from the grenfell tower is, thinking of victims still waiting for answers and now victims still waiting for answers and now everyone victims still waiting for answers and now everyone has turned away because of this tragedy in north london. it is a wake—up call. what today has proven is that extremism and terrorism has no colour, no faith, no creed. the victims are not discriminated according to their ethnicity, and today is proof of that. hopefully that will ring bells with the authorities, whether they be government, whether they are the counterterrorism strategists, the police and security forces, but it is about time we realised once again that that is how we can fight the scourge on our society. once again
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it has taken a tragedy like this to bring people together, but we must bottle this and use it somehow. and is it your view there has been rising islam phobia in the uk in recent weeks and months?m rising islam phobia in the uk in recent weeks and months? it is not me that is saying, it is every strand of research that has been carried out over the last ten years. year on year there is a steep rise in islamophobic tendencies, which is racism of sorts. we managed to deal with the scourge of racism, or we think we did, but this has taken a different guise. the fight must be the same and again the fight must be with a united front. unfortunately for yea rs with a united front. unfortunately for years now, where i feel we have gone wrong is we have seen the muslim community... yes, fine, they are not all terrorists but there is are not all terrorists but there is a question looming over them. you
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cannot fight this fight against the scourge and disease of terrorism and extremism with a divided front. i am hoping that today is a wake—up call. the police have said they will mount extra patrols around london and in particular muslim communities observing ramadan. is that necessary in your view? i think it is, and it saddens me to say it is necessary. i would rather have a situation whereby communities look after each other and i think we have that, but in light of recent attacks in london as well as all of the country has had a really tough in the past few weeks, it seems like it is inevitable. but once again i think thatis inevitable. but once again i think that is merely a patch and not a real treatment of the problem. the real treatment of the problem. the real treatment of the problem is to change our vision and outlook of the whole problem and how we deal with it. thank you for your time. we are
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going to talk on the same theme really to brendan cox, husband of the labour mp really to brendan cox, husband of the labourmpjo really to brendan cox, husband of the labour mpjo cox, killed one year ago. since her death, so much horror and tragedy, and this in finsbury park just the horror and tragedy, and this in finsbury parkjust the latest instalment. yes, and i think in all of these cases we are seeing a handful of extremists from different communities using different ideologies and backgrounds to drive a hatred of the other. and our communities need to get better at pushing that out. this isn‘t the hatred we have seen in the last day, the hatred that drove the attacks in manchester and birmingham. essentially they are the same hatred, people who hate the other, who don‘t believe people of different backgrounds, faiths and races should mix and we need to show
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we races should mix and we need to show we can, races should mix and we need to show we can, we races should mix and we need to show we can, we do. over the weekend we saw tens of millions of people get together with their neighbours to celebrate what we have in common. as a country we need to get better at showing how much we do have in common. how do we do that? you are terrific and you talk about this and preach that message, but what else would you like society in general to do to promote those values?” would you like society in general to do to promote those values? i think it happens all the time. there‘s groups across the country who work on this day in, day out. my son goes to the local beaver group and those people of all backgrounds there. the institutions that used to bind us together, churches, clubs, working men‘s clubs, they are weaker than they have ever been. i think one of they have ever been. i think one of the things we have to do is how do
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we the things we have to do is how do we rebuild the infrastructure that brings communities together. we are living at a stage where we are in smaller workplaces, we are less likely to know our neighbours, our kids are less likely to play on the streets. we have to do something about it, it is partly about institutions but also about each of us taking basic steps to knock on the door of a new neighbour to welcome them to your neighbourhood. those things make a huge difference to the tightness of the communities we to the tightness of the communities we live in. when you live in close communities, it is hard for extremism to prosper. but how worried are you that with all of these recent attacks, so horrific, that we are becoming less united kingdom. my last guest was talking about the relentless rise notjust in recent months but in recent years of islamophobia. i think we are
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becoming an increasingly united country. if you look across social attitudes we are increasingly tolera nt to attitudes we are increasingly tolerant to differences, whether thatis tolerant to differences, whether that is based on your sexuality, race or religion, our country is becoming more tolerant but you are having a reaction against that at the extremes and i think what‘s happening in the last period is those extremists, who are tiny in —— minority of our country, but they have become emboldened. they are not growing in terms of the size of the population but they are becoming more active and feeling that the narrative is more legitimate and feeling more confident to act on the narrative. so i think this is the last gasp of the extremists but it is not something that will be disappearing in the next few weeks or months. it is something we will
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have to endure but also take on. often in response to attacks like manchester or birmingham, we ask where does this ideology and hatred come from, and in response to this event as well we need to ask the same questions. the natural human response after any attack is anger. you must have felt anger afterjoe‘s death. how do you say to society, we need to channel that anger or camera mac that anger? yes, i think it is a very legitimate human response to be angry in response to these horrific attacks, to be hugely sad about the impact that it has on the families of the people affected. that is almost my first thought, particularly having been through what i have been through. but we shouldn‘t tell people not to be angry. sometimes there is a narrative out there that we there is a narrative out there that we should respond to this with peace
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and love. i don‘t think that is the case. we should be anger. it is how we use case. we should be anger. it is how we use that anger. we should make sure the security response is strong and powerful, that the police have the resources, the powers, the information they need, to crack down on these extremists. and secondly, we on these extremists. and secondly, we need to use that anger to challenge ourselves to do more to drive out that hatred. anger is a very powerful emotion. it is about how we tell it. very few of us migraine our lives will grow across a would—be terrorist, whether that is the type of person who may have committed last night‘s crime, but lots of us will come across hatred. it is that hatred that breeds violence. whether that is islamophobia or anti—semitism, all of us can do more in our day—to—day conversations to drive that out. brendan, thank you. i have two interrupt you. the prime minister is speaking. this
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morning, our country woke to news of another terrorist attack on the streets of our capital city. the second this month and every bit as sickening as those which have come before. it was an attack that once again targeted the ordinary and the innocent, going about their daily lives. this time, british muslims as they left a mosque having broken their fast and prayed together at this sacred time of the year. today we come together as we have done before, to condemn this act and to state once again that hatred and evil of this kind will never succeed. the government's emergency committee, cobra, has just succeed. the government's emergency committee, cobra, hasjust met. i can set out what we know about what happened and the steps that we are taking to respond. just after 20 past midnight, the metropolitan police received reports that a van
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had been driven into a crowd of people on seven sisters rd in finsbury park. officers were in the immediate vicinity as the attack unfolded. and they responded within one minute. he's declared it a terrorist incident within eight minutes. —— police. one man was pronounced dead at the scene, eight injured were taken to three separate hospitals. two were treated at the scene for more minor injuries. the driver of the scene for more minor injuries. the driverof the van, scene for more minor injuries. the driver of the van, a white man aged 48, was bravely detained by members of the public at the scene and then arrested by police. the early assessment by the police is that the attacker acted alone. our thoughts and prayers this morning are with the family and friends of the man who died and those who were injured. on behalf of the people of london
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and the whole country i want to thank the police and the emergency services once again for responding as they always do with great professionalism and courage. extra police resources have already been deployed to reassure communities and the police will continue to assess the police will continue to assess the security needs of mosques and provide any additional resources needed, especially during this final week before eid, a particularly important time for the whole muslim community. this was an attack on muslims near their place of worship. and like all terrorism, in whatever form, it shares the same fundamental goal. it seeks to drive us part and to break the precious bonds of solidarity and citizenship that we share in this country. we will not let this happen. when i stood here
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for the first time as prime minister la st for the first time as prime minister last summer, i spoke about our precious belief in the union, not just the bond between the four nations of the united kingdom, but the bond between all our citizens, every one of us, who, whoever we are and wherever we are from, at the heart of that bond is a belief in the fundamental freedoms and liberties we all cherish. the freedom of speech. the freedom to live how we choose. and yes, the freedom to practice religion in peace. this morning, we have seen a sickening attempt to destroy those freedoms. and to break those bonds of citizenship that define our united kingdom. it is a reminder that terrorism, extremism and hatred ta ke that terrorism, extremism and hatred take many forms, and our determination to tackle them must be the same whoever is responsible. as
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isaid the same whoever is responsible. as i said two weeks ago, there has been far too much tolerance of extremism in our country over many years. and that means extremism of any kind, including islamophobia. that is why this government will act to stamp out extremist and hateful ideology, both across society and on the internet. so it is denied a safe space to grow. it is why wu will be reviewing our counterterrorism strategy and ensuring that police and security services have the powers they need. and it is why we will establish a new commission for countering extremism as a statutory body to help fight hatred and extremism in the same way as we have fought racism. because this extremism is every bit as insidious and destructive to our values, and our way of life. and we will stop at nothing to defeat it. today's
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tackles at a difficult time in the life of this city. following on from the attack on london bridge two weeks ago, and of course the unimaginable tragedy of grenfell tower la st unimaginable tragedy of grenfell tower last week. on which i will share another meeting of ministers and officials later today. but what we have seen throughout, whether in the heroism of the ordinary citizens who fought off the attackers at london bridge, the unbreakable resolve of the residents in kensington, or this morning the spirit of the committee that apprehended this attacker, is that this is an extraordinary city of extraordinary people. it is home to a multitude of communities. but together that's mike together they make london one of the greatest cities on earth. diverse, welcoming, vibrant, compassionate. confident. and determined never to give in to hate. these are the values that define this city. these are the
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values that define this country. these are the values that this government will uphold. these are the values that will prevail. so you have been listening to the prime minister, theresa may, condemning this latest terror attack in the capital. saying that london is an extraordinary city of extraordinary people. and announcing this as an attack on the innocent who had been praying together at this sacred time of ramadan. condemning this as an act of hatred and evil. and hatred and evil of this kind, she said, will never succeed. and she praised the bravery of those who had stepped in to detain the driver of the van who
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attacked people. she said one man had died, pronounced dead at the scene, eight others had been injured and taken to three different hospitals. two received minor injuries and were treated at the same. let‘s go to norman smith. the prime minister having to... interesting in first remarks she condemned this as an act of terrorism. it different type of terrorism. it different type of terrorism but terrorism nonetheless. the same as we have seen on london bridge. an attempt to divide communities and break the bonds that unite us as a nation. she harked back to her first speech in unite us as a nation. she harked back to herfirst speech in downing street when she talked about what unites this country, notjust the union between the different nations but the union between different communities. and i thought it interesting the way she went out of
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her way to extol the virtues of london, the character of london, talking about the difficult times london now faces, notjust because of the recent terror attacks, but obviously grenfell tower and this as well. i sense mrs may trying to catch the mood of the capital city, that sense of defiance and determinations that make the determinations that make the determination of communities adamant they will not allow these sort of events to divide people. and eased —— interesting too, she talked about a commission to counter extremism. the government see this as similar to the commission for racial equality back in the 1970s and 19805, equality back in the 1970s and 1980s, which many people believe sort of changed a lot of the arguments and perceptions around racism. the clear hope of this commission to counter extremism is that that may have the same impact in countering some of the extremist views from whichever quarter they
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come. mrs may was clear that the extremism of islamophobia in her view is as dangerous as those perpetuated by islamist extremists. mrs may wrapping it all together in terms of the terrorist threat. norman, thank you very much. norman smith, our assistant political editor. we have also been hearing from jeremy corbyn, who is here for quite a lot of the night. he said he was shocked by this horrific and cruel attack. he has been meeting muslim community leaders. he will be back here later to attend prayers at finsbury park mosque. i know the people you‘re extremely well. and i came here last night to talk to the police and the firefighters and ambulance who were here. i have to say the response from all three emergency services
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was very from all three emergency services was very timely and very quick. and the police managed to arrest the suspect who was driving the van and taken away from the area. sadly, the gentleman died when he was on the ground. the community became very angry because this wasn‘t being referred to as a terrorist attack in its initial stages. do you think it has been treated as seriously as others? i am treating it as seriously as any other attack. this was a van driven into a crowd of people who were attending a man who was already injured. they were coming home from night—time prayers in the mosque. it is ramadan. it is perfectly normal. and eight people have been injured, some of them extremely seriously. and as i see it, this is terror on the streets.
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it isa it, this is terror on the streets. it is a terror of the people on the streets, a community and proud to represent in parliament. that is why iam represent in parliament. that is why i am here. that was the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, the constituency mp for this area. he has been here through the night. he will be back this afternoon, we are hearing. let‘s remind you of the words of the prime minister in the last few minutes. saying that it was a terror attack. one man died, was pronounced dead at the same. eight others injured, they we re the same. eight others injured, they were taken to three different hospitals. two seriously injured. al —— also, two with minor injuries treated at the scene. theresa may saying this was an attack on the muslim community and the innocent who had been praying together at the sacred time of ramadan. she condemned this as an act of hatred and of evil. but at this time of hatred and evil, it will never
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succeed. she called it a sickening attempt to destroy the freedoms to worship in the united kingdom and to destroy the bonds that unite us. and she praised the bravery of the local people, who had pinned down the driver of the van, a 48—year—old man has been arrested. and she talked about london having suffered his accession of terror attacks. the westminster attack, the london bridge attack, and now this. and she said this is an extraordinary city of extraordinary people. those were the words of the prime minister, theresa may, a short time ago in downing street. you have been watching special coverage from finsbury park. i am ben brown. we will leave viewers on bbc one. this is bbc news. i‘m ben brown in north london, where police are investigating the third terror attack in the city in recent months. once again, a vehicle was used to target people as a van was driven
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at speed into a crowd of muslim worshippers outside a mosque. one person died and ten people were injured. bystanders pinned down the suspect before handing him over to police. when he was running, he was saying, i‘m going to kill more people. when he was on the ground, i asked him, widely due do that? innocent people. he goes, i want to kill muslims. a 48—year—old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. the prime minister says the terrorists will never win. in the rest of the day‘s news:
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a minute‘s silence has been held for the victims of the grenfell tower disaster in west london. police now say 79 people died or are missing and presumed dead. good afternoon from finsbury park, where one man has died and ten people have been injured after a man drove a van into worshippers near a north london mosque. the van hit people after mounting a pavement close to the muslim welfare house mosque shortly after midnight. close to a number mosque, the
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finsbury park mosque. 48—year—old man has been arrested on suspicion attempted murder. the man died at the scene. ten others were injured, eight of them taken to three different hospitals, two of them with minor injuries and treated at the scene. it is being treated as a terror attack. the mayor of london, sadiq khan, said it was an attack on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect. the prime minister, who was speaking a short time ago, said it was an attack on innocent people praying together at this sacred time of ramadan. a report from our correspondent richard galpin. it‘s shortly after midnight and worshippers who have just left the finsbury park mosque in london have come under attack. hit by a van which had
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ploughed into the crowd, leaving many casualties. he basically drove on the pavement, coming straight towards all the muslims and he, as he was coming to them, he hit all of them. i was coming from the shops and i saw a large crowd of people on the pavement. i learnt after that, a van that was standing out by the traffic lights, was the van that mowed the people down. the crowd managed to catch the van driver, pinning him down before he could escape. these pictures appear to show the suspect being detained by the police. this is being treated as a terrorist attack and the counter terrorism commander is investigating. this was an attack on london and all londoners, and we should all stand together against extremists whatever their cause. in the aftermath of the attack, some started praying on the streets. this is the muslim holy month of ramadan. amongst the community here,
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there have been some accusations that the authorities were slow to call this a terrorist attack. but this is being denied by the government. it was treated immediately as a suspected terrorist attack. we must allow the police to deal with the facts and they will make sure that they make those facts available as soon as they can. our priority must be to support the people who‘ve been the victims of this and to make sure the investigation is done with all due speed and professionalism. this morning, the area remains sealed off, as the police investigation continues. already, there are plans to increase security around mosques. each borough commander across london, there are 32 boroughs we are talking about, we‘ll make sure there are additional uniformed officers around mosques. some of that is from people being brought back off leave to make sure we are keeping everyone safe.
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towards the end of the month of ramadan, is a very pious part of the month with more and more worshippers going to the mosque, particularly in the evenings. we don‘t want anybody to think they can‘t go about their lives because they‘re feeling vulnerable or scared. muslim leaders say there have been many incidents of islamophobia following the series of attacks in manchester and london in recent months by islamist extremists. but what‘s now happened in finsbury park is by far the worst. the muslim community has suffered. richard galpin, bbc news. we have heard from the prime minister, who chaired and another meeting with cobra. she praised the
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bravery of the local people who had tent down the attacker in the van from the van until the police arrived and she said this was a sickening attack and an attempt to destroy the freedom to worship and the bonds that unite people in the uk but an attack that would never succeed. this is what she had to say a short time ago. this morning, our country woke to news of another terrorist attack on the streets of our capital city. the second this month and every bit as sickening as those which have come before. it was an attack that once again targeted the ordinary and the
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innocent, going about their daily lives. this time, british muslims as they left a mosque having broken their fast and prayed together at this sacred time of the year. today we come together as we have done before, to condemn this act and to state once again that hatred and evil of this kind will never succeed. the government's emergency committee, cobra, hasjust met. i can set out what we know about what happened and the steps that we are taking to respond. just after 20 past midnight, the metropolitan police received reports that a van had been driven into a crowd of people on seven sisters rd in finsbury park. officers were in the immediate vicinity as the attack unfolded. and they responded within one minute. police declared it a terrorist incident within eight minutes. one man was pronounced dead at the scene, eight injured were taken to three separate hospitals. two were treated at the scene for more minor injuries. the driver of the van, a white man aged 48, was bravely detained by members of the public at the scene and then arrested by police. the early assessment
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by the police is that the attacker acted alone. our thoughts and prayers this morning are with the family and friends of the man who died and those who were injured. that was the prime minister speaking in downing street the short time ago. let‘s go to our security correspondent with the latest. already there has been perhaps predictable reaction from online supporters of so—called islamic state, who are effectively hailing this as an example of islamophobia, saying this just proves there is hatred in britain towards muslims and are exaggerating this to say it is in some way typical of british
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society persecuting muslims. it is a dangerous time because whoever did this, well we know who did this attack, but whatever was behind it, it plays right into the playbook of the very same people who carried out earlier attacks in manchester and borough market and so on. they are looking to divide british society. the view is one of revenge attacks, they don‘t see this as an attack on they don‘t see this as an attack on the whole of londoners which is what the whole of londoners which is what the met police called it, they see this as a kind of tit for tat revenge this as a kind of tit for tat revenge for earlier attacks as they see it. so this is a very dangerous time because it is easy to see how this can play into the hands of recruiters and encourage other vulnerable people to join the ranks of so—called islamic state. vulnerable people to join the ranks of so-called islamic state. and i know one of the concerns for the police will be the methodology used
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in this attack. yet again a vehicle driven at pedestrians. to what extent is this a copycat way of attacking? it is, we have got to be careful because we don‘t yet know what is in the mind of the man who did this. it is brilliance he has been caught alive and it is huge praise going to the local imam who came out and stopped this man being lynched. people were furious after what he was trying to do but he saved... he didn‘t necessarily save his life but he saved him from being lynched, and said no, restrain him, handed over to police. that was a good citizenship thing for him to do. he has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder sol think it is fair to assume he will be charged and will face justice. importantly be charged and will face justice. importa ntly we need be charged and will face justice. importantly we need to find out if
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there were any others behind him or if this was some lone guy who decided to take matters into his own hands. he has essentially copied the tactics of extremists from berlin and borough market and nice, mowing down pedestrians. think you. fair to say there has inevitably been anger the community but the prime minister went out of her way in her statement to praise the bravery of local people who had apprehended the man from the van who carried out the attack and pinned him down until police arrived. a lot of praise from the prime ministerfor police arrived. a lot of praise from the prime minister for that, police arrived. a lot of praise from the prime ministerfor that, and talking about how london is an extraordinary city full of extraordinary city full of extraordinary people. let‘s speak to one of them, jermaine jackman, who
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lives very close to hear. what did you see last night? yes, i was coming back from an event and this area wasn‘t cordoned offjust yet. i didn‘t want to walk down too far because i had heard what happened but this is a very diverse and close—knit community of multi—faith and multi—ethnicities. we have hackney and islington round here, very diverse communities and it is very diverse communities and it is very tragic. but we are tough, we will dust off our shoulders and move on. in the aftermath there was a lot of anger and hostility because once again muslims have fallen victim to another terrorist attack. we have allowed in this country islamophobia to grow and thrive. we cracked down on those hate preachers but when you have people like tommy robinson, far right political groups who want to call themselves political parties,
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we are call themselves political parties, we are allowing them room to spew out the hatred as well. the media have a massive role to play in that by branding this is a terrorist attack. just because he‘s a white man, doesn‘t mean he cannot be a terrorist as well. let‘s take lone wolf and mental health out of the equation, he wanted to instil fear into the community bound mounting the pavement and killing muslim men and women. the prime minister said this was treated within eight minutes as a terrorist attack. do you feel islamophobia has been on the rise in recent months and years? we see the rise in the level of animosity, hatred towards the other. we have seen that with hate crimes after the brexit vote, we have seen it after the war on terror and the whole hatred towards muslims. we have seen it on the rise and it‘s u nfortu nate have seen it on the rise and it‘s unfortunate someone had acted upon that and decided to mount the
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pavement and kill innocent people. it comes down to the media and all of us to think about how we can continue to live our lives. after every terrorist attack why do we co nsta ntly ma ke every terrorist attack why do we constantly make the muslim community the suspect community and have this level of scope is harder than any other communities so we need to look at ourselves and how we act out our lives and how we can form a united front moving forward. you talk about the anger and it is completely understandable there would be anger after an incident like this, but what is your message to people in your community about how to channel it? i understand people are angry.” i understand people are angry. i was here for a two and a half hours on the ground and the anger stemmed from the fact that news outlets, bbc news, sky news, or calling it a minor incident, a car collision. let‘s call it what it is. if it was
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any shade darker than white they would call it a terror attack. let‘s call it what it is. i‘m glad we are taking those steps to call it what it is. jermaine, thank you so much. a local resident and winner of the voice. his message of what he wants to see in the wake of the attack. the prime minister has described it as sickening. one person pronounced dead at the same. ten people injured. eight taken to two different hospitals. saying that this sort of attack which seeks to destroy the freedoms to worship, the bonds that destroy or saw in this country, will not succeed. that is the latest from finsbury park in north london. back to the studio. the headlines on bbc newsroom live: one man has died and 10 people have been injured after a van drove into worshippers outside a mosque in north london. the prime minister described it as a sickening terror attack. a minute‘s silence has been
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held for the victims of the grenfell tower disaster in west london. police now say 79 people died, or are missing and presumed dead. the brexit negotiations have formally begun in brussels between brexit secretary david davis and michel barnier representing the eu. more people —— the number of poop the number of people believed to have died in the grenfell tower disaster has risen to 79. the police say it could still increase further. five of the dead have been formally identified. dominic casciani is at new scotland yard. it was a grim and emotional update
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from stewart conn the? yes. a really quite emotional update from commander cundy, who at the weekend went into the building itself to see the appalling devastation that has been left by this fire. they are now working on the basis that 79 people are definitely dead or presumed dead. but that number will change. let‘s listen to what he had to say. over the last 48 hours our investigators have been working tirelessly and working with families to establishjust tirelessly and working with families to establish just how many we believe are missing from grenfell tower. and as of this morning, i'm afraid to say there are now 79 people that we believe are either dead or missing, and i sadly have to presume are dead. of that 79, we
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have formally identified five people. we are supporting the families and loved ones of each of those 79. and with the agreement of the families and the coroner, once we have confirmed identities of those that have died, we will be releasing their names. now sadly, for many families, they have lost more than one family member and my heart truly goes out to them. alongside this, there is a criminal investigation. what more can you tell us about that? that is right. a criminal investigation is now under way. grenfell tower husband treated asa way. grenfell tower husband treated as a crime scene since the fire itself, simply because that is the best way of securing evidence. what
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commander cundy said this morning is that all criminal offences are being considered by 215 investigators. in essence, that investigation will have three key strands. the first will be looking at how the building was managed and maintained. the second will look at the fire safety record of the building. what can plan was in place if it is were to strike it? and thirdly, they will look at the refurbishment and whether that played a role. this is an enormous scheme of things they have to look at. scotland yard won‘t be drawn on precisely what they have done so far. i asked very specifically if they had executed any search warrants, whether they had seized computers or records from any authority. they simply won‘t go down that road at the moment. this will take many months. at the moment the priority for the police is to try to identify the victims. in some cases they may have to go abroad to get dental records. many of the
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residents of the tower were foreign—born. that will take many weeks to try to get to the bottom of how many people died. the criminal investigation will be running in tandem. let‘s see where that goes. thank you. a minute‘s silence has been observed nationwide this morning, including by firefighters who were at the scene. they stood by a floral tribute to pay their respects and we re tribute to pay their respects and were applauded by members of the public. clock strikes the hour. clock strikes the hour.
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the minute‘s silence observed earlier today. and footage has emerged of firefighters on their way to the blaze last wednesday morning — some viewers may find it distressing. jesus christ, mate. made, how are we
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going to get in that? jesus christ. 0h going to get in that? jesus christ. oh my god. there's kids in there. that is a real block. jesus. it's that is a real block. jesus. it‘s the towering inferno, isn‘t it? how is that possible? hasjumped all the way along the flats. how has that happened ? the long—awaited talks on the uk leaving the eu have officially begun. brexit secretary david davis has said he will call for a deal like no other in history as he heads into the negotiations. high on the agenda will be the status of expats, the uk divorce bill and the northern
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ireland border. there is more that unites us than divides us. while there will undoubtedly be challenging times ahead of us in the negotiations, we will do all that we can to ensure we deliver a deal that works in the best interest of all citizens. to that end, we are starting this negotiation in a positive and constructive tone, determined to build a strong and special partnership between ourselves and our european allies and friends for the future. that was david davis. foreign secretary boris johnson that was david davis. foreign secretary borisjohnson spoke about the talks in luxembourg. obviously this is the first day of the talks on brexit. the most important thing is that we should all start... of course there will be lots of discussions about the nature of the deal we are going to do. but
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i think we should also have discussions about money etc. the most important thing is for us to raise our eyes to the horizon, to think about the future. think about the new partnership, the deep and special partnership, we want to build with our friends. and i think in the long run this will be good for the uk in the long run this will be good forthe uk and in the long run this will be good for the uk and good for the rest of europe. it is an october you will start discussing this part?” it is an october you will start discussing this part? i think the whole process will lead to a happy resolution that can be done with profit and with honour for both sides. that is what we‘re aiming for. boris johnson. and this is what the eu chief negotiator, michel barnier, said earlier. today we‘re launching the negotiations and orderly withdrawal of the uk from the eu. our objective
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is clear. we must first tackle the uncertainties caused by brexit. first, for citizens. but also, for the beneficiaries of the eu policies and for the impact on borders, in particular ireland. i hope that today we can identify priorities and a timetable that will allow me to report to the european council later this week, that we had a constructive opening of negotiations. let‘s go live to david eads in brussels. clearly a very big day. what is actually happening now the sides are sitting down together? they are having a working lunch. what was interesting is when you
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listen to michel barnier, he is making it very clear. the first thing we must do, as far as the eu is concerned, is deal with the problems thrawn up by britain leaving. so what on earth do you do about the 3 million eu citizens offered around the uk, living there, resident there, when britain opt out of the european union? what are their rights? what is their position? and come firstly, what does that mean for citizens of the uk dotted around the eu. that is another million or so. the question of what that divorce bill will be, and which britain will have to pay for pulling out of the eu, and there are other areas like that. there are fundamental to to britain getting out. what we heard from david davis was we out. what we heard from david davis was we want to look at what our relationship will be after the event. so one of the things they are trying to work out now is the sequence of that discussion. and
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those negotiations. the eu would seem to be playing the trump card because they are going to dictate the direction of this. but will britain acquiesce or will they play hardball? and perhaps we will get a sense by the end of the doubt as to how that has gone. i think realistically, as one commentator put it, there will be no major breakthroughs here today. but hopefully no breakdowns either. the eu has been very firm about outlining its template, if you like. i wonder how much room there is for compromise, or how wedded they are to that? that is a good point. they have laid out their position quite clearly and for quite some time. i think one of their frustrations would be they have a government to work with, which is frankly at the moment a minority government still trying to work out a concluded deal with the dup. so they don‘t even know exactly what all the negotiating stance might be. the negotiating stance of
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the current comment. whether they are ready to compromise... this whole package will be a world of compromise. hardball in there and giving a bit. clearly there will be times and places where some give and ta ke times and places where some give and take will have to be cleared up. and mate. at this stage, rebecca, very difficult to say. they don‘t want to have a bad day today. they needed to be positive. maybe they were just avoid substantive stuff at this stage. thank you. let‘s get the weather prospects. over on the other side of the newsroom is sarah. hi, there. it is another hot day outside. lots of sunshine across most parts of the country. we have got a bit of cloud. you can see where the cloud is sitting. across parts of northern ireland and scotland, especially towards the north—west. elsewhere, largely clear skies. very high levels of uv for
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many. a long day —— some drizzly showers across scotland and northern ireland, and browse through the midlands. in east anglia we could see the odd rogue shower. temperatures 32, possibly 33. it is likely to be the hottest day of the year so far. slightly fresher conditions in the north of the country. overnight, temperatures dropping to 10 degrees. further south, staying at 20 421 celsius. hot and sticky. that is how it stays tuesday. we are still in the hot air. 30 degrees likely once again. in the north, temperatures between 16 and 25 degrees. this is bbc newsroom live. the headlines: police in london launch a counter—terrorism investigation, after a van is driven into worshippers near a mosque in finsbury park. one person has died and ten people have been injured.
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a 48—year—old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. he was pulled out of the van and wrestled to the ground by people at the scene. when he was running, he was saying, i‘m going to kill more people. when he was on the ground, i asked him, why did you do that? innocent people. he goes, i want to kill muslims. it‘s the third terror incident in london in recent weeks. the prime minister has condemned the attack. today we come together to condemn this attack and state once again that hatred and evil of this kind will never succeed. a minute‘s silence has been held across the country for the victims
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of the grenfell tower inferno, as police confirm 79 people are now presumed to have died in the disaster. and the brexit negotiations have formally begun in brussels between brexit secretary david davis and michel barnier, representing the eu. let‘s return now to the attack at the finsbury park mosque and rejoin my colleague, ben brown. thank you, rebecca. we are just being told there will be a multi—faith statement by various religious community in the wake of the attack that has left one person dead, ten injured, two of them seriously. theresa may has been
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talking in downing street about the attack, saying this was an attack on innocent people praying together at the sacred time of ramadan. she condemned it as an act of hatred and evil that would never succeed. let‘s listen to what she had to say a short time after chairing a meeting of the emergency committee cobra. this morning, our country woke to news of another terrorist attack on the streets of our capital city. the second this month and every bit as sickening as those which have come before. it was an attack that once again targeted the ordinary and the innocent, going about their daily lives. it was an attack that once again targeted
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the ordinary and the innocent, going about their daily lives. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, is the local mp and spent much let‘s listen now to what they are about to say. good afternoon everybody. my name isjennifer potter and i am the chairperson of the islington faiths forum. i am here with my colleagues from the various faiths in our borough. i wa nt to various faiths in our borough. i want to call upon us all to keep a few moments‘s silence, and then muhammad crossbar from the few moments‘s silence, and then muhammad crossbarfrom the finsbury park mosque will make a statement. he will only make that statement, there will be no questions. please respect a time of quiet and respect while he is speaking. thank you very much. mohammed kozbar, from the finsbury
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park mosque, will make a statement. good afternoon. on saturday the 17th ofjune, as part of... members of islington differing faith communities gathered at muslim welfare house on seven sisters road. welfare house on seven sisters road. we met to rememberjo cox, to honour and celebrate her affirmation that we all have more in common than we have things which differentiate us. we met to celebrate our friendship and our corporation for the good of
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our neighbourhood. less than 48 hours later, the same area experienced a terrorist attack aimed at killing muslims returning home after the ramadan prayers. our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the person who died and with all those injured and traumatised by this event. an attack on one face is an attack on all faiths and communities. those who try to divide us and aim to spread fear, hatred and division will not succeed. the communities at finsbury park mosque and muslim welfare house are valued part of the islington faiths forum. these communities hard places of welcome —— they are places
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of welcome. we pray, especially for the leaders of these two communities, may we and they continue to stand together in these challenging times. thank you very much. well that was a statement from mohammed kozbar the finsbury park mosque that is very close to hear, and a group of multi—faith leaders there representing all different faiths and indeed the labour party leader, jeremy corbyn, as well. and mohammed kozbar was saying that only 48 hours ago they were having a meeting to discuss issues of
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tolerance and then we have had this attack here on the community, a terrorist attack he said aimed at killing muslims, an attack on one face is an attack on all faiths. that was what mohammed kozbar was saying just a few minutes ago. jeremy corbyn, the labour leader, was there as well and he is the constituency mp. so the police investigation now continuing. i‘m just going to duck... maybe i won‘t actually. i have kevin hurley here, actually. i have kevin hurley here, a former counterterrorism unit and an expert on these attackers. what
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will they be doing to investigate this crime? they will be dealing with it like any other murder because that is what it is. they will be gathering forensic evidence from the scene and they will want to speak to witnesses who saw what happened and at the same time they will be trying to find out, is this attack are linked to any other groups and what else we know about him. they will be trying to find out what they can about his family, what they can discover from his phones, they can discover from his phones, the internet and so on. this will ta ke the internet and so on. this will take some time and it is yet another burden on the already strapped resources of police nationally but particularly the metropolitan police who are still dealing with this in the midst of cuts. and we have been told there are extra patrols, the mayor of london said there will be extra patrols particularly at the time of ramadan to reassure them, but at the moment it is not that easy presumably. of course it is a
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nice sound bite but there are more than 500 mosques in london alone and hundreds and hundreds of muslim centres so it is not realistic to have officers outside all of them, and of course in this type of attack people patrolling on the street are com pletely people patrolling on the street are completely ineffective. the only way you can stop someone in a vehicle like this is with barriers and being able to shoot them by reacting immediately. even in the centre of london it took eight minutes to get the centre of that incident. the prime minister was praising the bravery of local people for the attacker and pinning him down until police could arrive. i think what they did very well but i would praise the restraint because in the midst of coming out from prayers, someone attacks them with the intent to do harm and the imam should certainly be praised for encouraging the congregation to be restrained. i
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would say all praise to them for what they did and i am really pleased they didn‘t allow this frankly probably fixated nutcase to spread further division in our society. just talk about the methodology, yet again a vehicle being used to attack innocent passers—by, innocent pedestrians. do you fear there is a method of copycat in this? they share of the methodology being developed and of course people copied it all over the world. we have had it all over the world. we have had it all over the world. we have had it all over the world. we have had in israel, palestine, america and so on, but of course it is easy to hire a van, and it appears this is a higher band from south wales, and then carry out the wicked act. they think you are right, copycat thing is a clear issue here. all right, kevin hurley,
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thank you. we heard the representative of the finsbury park mosque saying an attack on one face is an attack on everyone but it would never succeed and those were very much the sentiments of the prime minister in downing street earlier after she chaired a meeting of the cobra emergency committee. this morning, our country woke to news of another terrorist attack on the streets of our capital city. the second this month and every bit as sickening as those which have come before. it was an attack that once again targeted the ordinary and the innocent, going about their daily lives. this time, british muslims as they left a mosque having broken their fast and prayed together at this sacred time of the year. today we come together as we have done before, to condemn this act and to state once again that hatred and evil of this kind will never succeed. the government's emergency committee, cobra, hasjust met. i can set out what we know
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about what happened and the steps that we are taking to respond. just after 20 past midnight, the metropolitan police received reports that a van had been driven into a crowd of people on seven sisters rd in finsbury park. officers were in the immediate vicinity as the attack unfolded and they responded within one minute. police declared it a terrorist incident within eight minutes. one man was pronounced dead at the scene, eight injured were taken to three separate hospitals. two were treated at the scene for more minor injuries. the driver of the van, a white man aged 48, was bravely detained by members of the public at the scene and then arrested by police. the early assessment by the police is that the attacker acted alone. our thoughts and prayers this
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morning are with the family and friends of the man who died and those who were injured. on behalf of the people of london and the whole country i want to thank the police and the emergency services once again for responding as they always do with great professionalism and courage. extra police resources have already been deployed to reassure communities and the police will continue to assess the security needs of mosques and provide any additional resources needed, especially during this final week before eid, a particularly important time for the whole muslim community. extra police resources have already been deployed to reassure this was an attack on muslims near their place of worship. and like all terrorism, in whatever form, it shares the same fundamental goal.
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it seeks to drive us part and to break the precious bonds of solidarity and citizenship that we share in this country. we will not let this happen. when i stood here for the first time as prime minister last summer, i spoke about our precious belief in the union, notjust the bond between the four nations of the united kingdom, but the bond between all our citizens, every one of us, who, whoever we are and wherever we are from, at the heart of that bond is a belief in the fundamental freedoms and liberties we all cherish. the freedom of speech. the freedom to live how we choose. and yes, the freedom to practice religion in peace. this morning, we have seen a sickening attempt to destroy those freedoms. and to break those bonds of citizenship that define our united kingdom. it is a reminder that terrorism, extremism and hatred take many
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forms, and our determination to tackle them must be the same whoever is responsible. as i said two weeks ago, there has been far too much tolerance of extremism in our country over many years. and that means extremism of any kind, including islamophobia. that is why this government will act to stamp out extremist and hateful ideology, both across society and on the internet. so it is denied a safe space to grow. it is why we will be reviewing our counterterrorism strategy and ensuring that police and security services have the powers they need. and it is why we will establish a new commission for countering extremism as a statutory body to help fight hatred and extremism in the same way as we have fought racism. because this extremism is every bit as insidious
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and destructive to our values, and our way of life. and we will stop at nothing to defeat it. that was the prime minister speaking in downing street. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, is the local mp and spent much of the night talking to people at the scene. we saw him a few minutes ago appearing with leaders of many faiths in this community. he didn‘t speakjust faiths in this community. he didn‘t speak just now but faiths in this community. he didn‘t speakjust now but he did speak earlier to say how shocked he was by this horrific and cruel attack.” was aware of the incident very quickly. i know the people in muslim welfare house and the mosque extremely well, the community very well, and i came here last night to talk to the police and firefighters and ambulance who work here. i have to say, the response by all three emergency services was very timely and very quick, and the police managed to arrest the suspect who was driving the van
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and taken away from the area. and sadly the gentleman who died‘s body was on the ground uncovered respectfully by a tent so the forensic examination could take place. the community here became very angry because in the initial stages this wasn‘t being referred to as a terrorist attack. do you think this terrorist attack has been treated as seriously as others? well i‘m treating it as absolutely seriously as any other type. this was a van driving into a crowd of people who were attending a man who was already injured. and they were coming home from my time as in the mosque, it is ramadan and it‘s perfectly normal, and eight people have been injured. some of them, i understand, extremely seriously. as i see it, this is a terror on the street and a terror of the people on the street in the communities i‘m very proud to represent in parliament, and that‘s why i‘m here today.
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it is your constituency. as the prime minister been in touch? yes, downing street have been in touch with us. i was speaking to the mayor of london, sadiq khan, we had a long conversation about four o‘clock this morning while i was in muslin well for a house. we were making sure the response was efficient and coordinated. also, to give reassurance to the community of their safety and reassurance that they are free to practice their faith. they are free to walk about the streets. and people must be able to do that. but i have to say, the stress levels i have met already from people last night and this morning werejust from people last night and this morning were just frightening. frightening that something like this can happen again. we need efficient and effective policing. we need also and effective policing. we need also an attitude in our society of support for each other. the only way
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to deal with this cannabis you is community is coming together. this isa community is coming together. this is a very multi—faith community. christians, jewish, muslim, hindu, buddhist, all live around here. and this is a microcosm of a community working together. do you think they should be more security around mosques no? we have had some attacks on finsbury park mosque in the past. we have had some threats made to the muslim welfare house the religious places in the area. an attack on a mosque, a synagogue, a church, is an attack on all of us. we have to protect each other‘s faith, each of the‘s way of life. that is what makes us a strong society and community. i‘m not complaining at all about the local police. they factor worked very well together with both of the mosques in finsbury park to make sure they have the support they need. i am in touch
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with the local police as well as those from scotland yard. you said you spoke to downing street. have you spoke to downing street. have you spoken directly to theresa may? i haven‘t spoken to her directly but our officers have been in touch and she has expressed condolences for the death, and also concerned about what happened last night. do you expect to make a visit today? what happened last night. do you expect to make a visit today7m what happened last night. do you expect to make a visit today? it is not up to me to decide what the prime minister does. i am the local mp and the leader of the labour party and the opposition. i am here as you would expect any constituency mp to be here. these are people i have represented for more than 35 yea rs. have represented for more than 35 years. i know many of them extremely well. i feel their pain today and i feel less stressed today. i feel we have to reach out and feel their pain and stress. the only answer to this, the only answer, has to be strong communities together, so that these dreadful incidents come to an end. jeremy corbyn speaking earlier.
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the number of people believed to have died in the ground fell far disaster has reached 79. a minute‘s silence was observed across the uk at 11 o‘clock. we have been talking to the fire brigades union and the red cross. earlier on their very emotional. firefighters came down for the first time since the incident took place. they were extremely emotional. holding members of the public. one firefighter, crying, said, there are just so many kids. it shows how many people have been affected. after the minute‘s silence, members of the public lapped for the firefighters. there was applause for police officers and firefighters who went on the street. joining me lucy massoud. lucy is from london fire brigade. there are a lot of people affected. how are your firefighters holding up? yeah, they are
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understandably quite devastated. we have been outside since the incident took place. we have been supporting our firefighters. took place. we have been supporting ourfirefighters. i took place. we have been supporting our firefighters. i have took place. we have been supporting ourfirefighters. i have spoken took place. we have been supporting our firefighters. i have spoken to many of them in days and they have seen absolutely horrific scenes. they are absolutely devastated. they only wish they could do more. they rescued many, many people. but all they were fixated on is the one person they couldn‘t get to. absolutely devastating. i want to pay tribute to all the brave men and women pay tribute to all the brave men and women who attended that night. also, the alert emergency services and the control staff who did an amazing job. the figure now stands at 79 dead or missing presumed dead. this isa dead or missing presumed dead. this is a very compact operation the firefighters will have to carry out in the building? yeah. absolutely. it is too early to speculate what that number will rise to. i expect, u nfortu nately, that number will rise to. i expect, unfortunately, for it to rise quite significantly. at this stage we are
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still on site. we will continue to be onside. read what are back on duty today. they were on duty when the incident happened. although they have seen horrific scenes and devastated, they are ready for duty today. emma spragg is from the british red cross. you are speaking to members of the public, people who‘ve lost their homes. what is the atmosphere? there is anger and hostility. there is. you can understand this. it is heartbreaking. the scale is something else. we are doing what we can. we're working closely with lots of different agencies to make sure people have got the support they need. whereas the westway centre now people can go for support. it is like a one—stop shop. if anybody needs help about housing, money, travel, that is where you can go. it isa travel, that is where you can go. it is a hugely emotional time. our volunteers are trained in supporting people like that. we have a team
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checking that people are ok. thank you very much. what is happening at the moment there are still many questions surrounding this fire. how did it spread so quickly? those questions will take awhile to be answered. police say a criminal investigation is now ongoing. ina ongoing. in a moment, the news at one with kate singleton and ben brown. first, the weather. good afternoon. another hot day. we are likely to see temperatures even higher than yesterday. here is the scene taken by one of a weather watchers county down. some fairweather cloud. but plenty of sunshine. yesterday we saw temperatures as high as 32 degrees in parts of the south—east of england. today it could be warmer. fresher in the north. we have a weak cold front shifting south across
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northern parts of scotland into northern ireland. slightly fresh conditions in the far north. further south, wall—to—wall sunshine. hot and dry across much of england and wales. some showers potentially cropping up in the east midlands this afternoon. but the vast majority of us will avoid any showers. highs 31, maybe 32 degrees, towards the south—east. slightly fresher as we work our way across scotla nd fresher as we work our way across scotland and northern ireland. the odd shower possible. temperatures around 19 or 20 degrees. fresher in the far north of scotland. moving through this evening and overnight, showers potentially across the east midlands will fade away, and things become dry. tuesday morning, still dry and muggy in the south. 20 or 21 degrees overnight lows. 11 to 14 further north. a weak frontal system just moving across parts of england
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and wales as we had through the day tomorrow. to the south of that, very high temperatures. 29, 30 degrees, maybe even higher. further north across the country we start to jaw in cooler conditions. a warm and sunny day. temperatures 16 to 25 in the north. by the time we get to wednesday we could see some heavy showers and thunderstorms for parts of northern ireland, scotland, north—west england, into wales. elsewhere, towards the south, we keep the heat for yet another day. temperatures up to 30 degrees. still warm in the south. things will turn fresher from the north towards the end of the week. cloudier with some rain. bye—bye. a van has been driven into a crowd of muslim worshippers near a mosque in north london — killing one person and injuring ten others. police say they‘re treating the incident near finsbury park
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mosque as a terrorist attack. when he was on the ground, i asked him, "why did you do that — why? innocent people." and he goes, "i want to kill muslims." theresa may has described last night‘s attack as an act of hatred which was "every bit as sickening" as other recent terrorist incidents. today we come together as we have done before to condemn this act and to state once again that hatred and evil of this kind will never succeed.
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