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the attack on a mosque in north london — in which a van was driven into a crowd — has been condemned as ‘sickening' by the prime minister. police say they're treating the incident near finsbury park mosque as a terror attack. one man died, ten people were injured. when he was on the ground i asked him, why did you do that, why? innocent people. and he goes, i wanna kill muslims. the mayor of london and the commissioner metropolitan police are there. i will say some words, the mayor will say some words. i had to leave, i'm going to memorial service, which i have to be at. the mayor will stay for some questions. we are here you are well aware because of the terrible, terrible
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attack which took place last night. we have a number of people in hospital, whose lives are turned upside down. we have one person who has died. as you are aware, a man has died. as you are aware, a man has been arrested. this was quite clearly a n has been arrested. this was quite clearly an attack on muslims, who looked like they were probably muslims, coming from a prayer meeting. we treat this as a terrorist attack, and we in the met are shocked as everybody in this community and across the country at what has happened. we take all forms of hate crime and violent extremism extremely seriously. wherever we possibly can we would seek to prevent attacks, and if we cannot
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prevent attacks, and if we cannot prevent an attack we will seek obviously to bring people to justice. this is a highly integrated, truly diverse and multicultural place. the relationships between the police and the community here are very important to us, and are mostly very good indeed. i havejust come from a meeting with people of 20 fates all from local communities, saying as i say, the people who perpetrate attacks like this think they will break our society down, causing division between us. they will not do that. they will not win. this is a very brazilian city. and a very brazilian set of communities. —— a
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very resilient city. i finish brazilian set of communities. —— a very resilient city. ifinish by offering my deepest condolences to the family of the man who died. all oui’ the family of the man who died. all our thoughts are with everybody so horribly affected by this. my police officers responded last night within a minute. we had a large presence here within ten minutes. you will be aware we have also responded to other attacks over the last few weeks. we are also of course still, all of us, working very hard in relation to their recovery from the horrible events (felt our and the investigations that flow from that. this is a sombre time, and this has added to the sombreness. i can say in relation to the met, it does nothing other than strengthen our
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resolve to get out there, prevent attacks and protect our communities. the people in the muslim communities attending prayers will see their police protecting them in the coming days and nights. thank you. thank you commissioner. this is a truly horrific terrorist attack on our city. innocent bystanders deliberately targeted, after returning from the ramadan prayers. as you know, one person died on the scene. eight people seriously injured, gone to hospital. three others treated on the pavement. my thoughts and prayers, as i'm sure they thoughts and prayers are for london and the country, are with all those affected by the attack last night. particularly the family of the man who tragically died last night. i have been in close contact with the commissioner since the attack last night, and with senior
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officers. i attended the cobra meeting this morning. i want to pay tribute to the fantastic response from the police and emergency services. also from the local community. the local worshippers apprehended the man in the van who mowed down the pedestrians. i have heard stories from the imam who stopped angry local residents from taking out their frustrations on the terrace. i want to thank the mp and the whole community. this attack, the whole community. this attack, the attack manchester, london bridge, westminster bridge, they are allan bridge, westminster bridge, they are all an attack on shared values. tolerance, freedom, respect. we will not allow these terrorists to succeed. i want to thank the
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commissioner for ensuring that during the course of today and the next few days londoners will see an increased number of visible police officers. particularly in and around mosques, and places of worship as we approach the holy day of eid. they'll be a zero tolerance to hate crime. anyone found guilty of hate crimes will be prosecuted by the police. do not think they're too trivial to report. these have been a terrible few weeks for london. unprecedented in recent times. we have seen the horror of the fire, the attack on london bridge, and westminster bridge. before that. we saw the terrorist attack in seven
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sisters. we will stay strong city. we're not cowed by terrorism, we will not be defeated. united today, we will carry on being a united city. can i ask you how stretched the lead police resources? given we have had so many incidents in london in the few weeks? the police are working incredibly hard. i have been saying for 13 months i am concerned about the resources the met police and others have. i have been lobbying for more resources. my message to the government, the plans you have to make further cuts of £400 million, do not do it. my message to the government, the plans to change the police funding formula so london loses more money, don't do it. we need to get the right level of funding for the capital city. i have been reassured by the commissioner and gold command, that the borough commanders in london will use lead from officers,
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including calling officers back off leave to make sure we have an increased presence across london. so all londoners can feel safe in this particular time. he will appreciate while —— why those in the islamic faith will feel uneasy. extra patrols for the muslim community? particularly where there are big muslim communities and masks. can you tell us communities and masks. can you tell us what this tells us new about the threat posed from islam phobia? is ita threat posed from islam phobia? is it a threat we have so far underestimated? terrorism is terrorism. doesn't matter whether you are inspired by a perverse version of islam, or some other motives to terrorise others. the intention is the same to divide communities, to make us stop leading the lives that we do. have we
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underestimated the threat from the xenophobic extremism? underestimated the threat from the xenophobic extremism ?|j underestimated the threat from the xenophobic extremism? i receive regular briefings from the counterterrorism team. the good news is the counterterror team have recognised there are terrorists motivated by other means, other than perverse is la motivation. the good news the police recognised this is an additional challenge they face. the work the prevent team does includes working with what they would call the extreme right, but others motivated for acts of terror based on their beliefs. we all have the work together to make sure our youngsters have resilience, so they are not radicalised by preachers of hate, we have to make sure youngsters have the resilience so they are not radicalised by others motivating individuals to commit acts of terror. since march, the westminster bridge terror attack earlier this year, there have been five separate occasions where the police and others have thwarted terrorist attacks on our city,
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unfortunately westminster bridge, london bridge and last night individuals have managed to get through and caused loss of life in injury to others. my message to anybody motivated to commit acts of terror, you will not succeed in carrying us. you will not seek —— succeed in terrorising us. there has been a spike in hate crime, including his homophobic crime after the london bridge attack. —— is a phobia related crimes. we had to make sure these are reported to the police. the police will take a zero tolerance attitude to this. the message to the community is this, the police are working their socks off, working around the clock. you will see additional visible policing through the course of today, do not be alarmed. they are there to keep us be alarmed. they are there to keep us safe. when of the things
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terrorists hate about us, whether you are christian, jewish, muslim, hindu and buddhist, rich or poor, old or young mathieu accepted for who you in london. find me, where i prayed with the congregation i was hearing stories have this weekend muslim welfare house organised a great get—together to remember joe cox. the very important message you have maiden speech, we have far more in common than divides us. that was the mayor of london, sadiq khan. the commissioner of the metropolitan police, cressida dick. speaking to the press just a few moments ago. a message that any attack like this on the community cannot succeed, and will not succeed. the mayor of london, sadiq khan, saying there needs to be extra
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resources for policing in london. certainly no more cuts in policing for london. he was saying they would be extra patrols to reassure the muslim community in particular. in parts of london like tinsley park mosque. we can see their son the flowers from people in tribute to the man he died. whitten injured. —— the man he died. whitten injured. —— the man he died. whitten injured. —— the man who died. one of a number of sites around where it happened last night. flowers being left by members of the community. others who have come from outside. tories left as well. mainly flowers. a message saying standing together, one community. let's get a report of all the developments so far. as we were hearing from the commissioner, one person has died in ten had been injured.
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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 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. he was shouting i want to kill all muslims. he said it like this. this isa muslims. he said it like this. this is a terrorist attack. whether he is a muslim or a christian. this is a terrorist attack. the crowd managed to catch the van driver, pinning him down before he could escape. abdel— rahman was amongst
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abdel—rahman was amongst those who detained him. he started asking him questions. i asked him why he did that. innocent people. he said i wa nt to that. innocent people. he said i want to kill muslims. and he said, kill me. i said i'm want to kill muslims. and he said, kill me. isaid i'm not want to kill muslims. and he said, kill me. i said i'm not going to kill me. i said i'm not going to kill you, why did you do that? he did not answer back. these pictures appear to show the suspect being detained by the police. a 48—year—old man has been arrested on attempted murder. 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. after leaving finsbury park mosque, many people walked towards the
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muslim welfare house. it was then that the van drove at speed into the bustling, hitting a crowd helping an elderly man taken ill. it is a reminder that terrorism can take many forms. and we will do with them. it was an attack in the constituency them. it was an attack in the constituencheremy corbyn. them. it was an attack in the constituency jeremy corbyn. fumat people i've met today, the stress levels, people are frightened. we obviously need efficient and effective policing. we obviously need an attitude in our society of support for each other. the only way to do with this kind of issue is community is communities coming together. mr corbyn went on to join local community and religious leaders in a moment of silence following the attack. an attacker one faith is an attack
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on all faith. those trying to divide us on all faith. those trying to divide us and spread fear, hatred and division will not succeed. the area remained sealed off as the police investigation continues. already there are plans to increase security around all london's mask, particularly in the remainder of the muslim holy month of ramadan. towards the end of ramadan, a pious pa rt towards the end of ramadan, a pious part of the month. more and more worshippers go to the mosque in the evenings. we don't want anybody to think they can go about their lives because they feel vulnerable and scared. the muslim community was already fearful. incidence of islamic state there have been on the rise following the recent attacks by
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islamic extremists in britain. what has happened now in finsbury park is by far the worst attack they have suffered. we were hearing from the mayor of london, sadiq khan. the prime minister has been here this afternoon. and the labour leader jeremy corbyn. let's get the latest from our political correspondent at westminster. we have seen a determined effort from the prime minister and the government to respond extremely quickly to this incident in north london. we have seen the prime minister come out into downing street making the statement. immediately condemning this as an act of terrorism. putting it in the same bracket as the attack at london bridge. and also in manchester. also very quick to visit the scene of the tragedy, perhaps trying to avoid some of the
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criticism she received last week. after the fire where she did not visit until 2a hours later. criticism she had not been to respond. also not showing enough empathy. today she came into downing street saying his attack was every bit as sickening as that have come before. reiterating this was a terror attack within eight minutes. saying there has been far too much tolerance of extremism over many yea rs. tolerance of extremism over many years. all suggesting to hear theresa may talk about the strength of london and londoners as a city. with recent events that attack happen. the terrorist attacks and the fire in west london. describing london as an extraordinary city of extraordinary people. one of the greatest cities on earth. she knowledge there was a difficult time
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in this city. we have seen an attempt by theresa may to avoid the criticism she received last week. all so she said the attack to date, which took place overnight, notjust an attack on those worshipping in north london, she said it was an attacker must all. she said it was diverse, welcoming, vibrant, compassionate, confident. she said never to give in to hate. downing street and the prime minister trying to get on the front foot. in what is an extremely busy week for the prime minister. now having to deal with another very serious incident on top of the fire in west london last week. ahead of brexit negotiations going on, the queen's speech on wednesday and another aeeu council meeting towards the end of the week. all the senior political figures of the labour and conservative party at pains to stress this is an attack
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that will not succeed. an attack on one faith is an attack on all faiths. that is right, we heard that echoed by the prime minister in downing street. she said this was not an attack on those worshippers in north london. it was an attack on all of us, then attack on people going about their normal daily lives. she said this attack would not divide us. she talked about values that country. the values that define this government. that is covered uphold. these are the values which will prevail. we have a news conference here from the local imam. by conference here from the local imam. by god's race we managed to surround him, and protect him from any harm. —— god's grace. we stopped all forms
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of attack and abuse coming from every angle. by coincidence, while the people attending to the injured we re the people attending to the injured were calling the emergency services, a police van drove past by coincidence, we flagged down, told a situation, a man has mowed down a group of people, he is restrained. there is a mob attempting to hurt him, if you do not take him, god forbid, he may be seriously hurt. we push people away from him. until he was push people away from him. until he was safely ta ken push people away from him. until he was safely taken into custody by the police. put into the back of the van. that is all that we did. it was not me alone, there were a group of brothers, i don't know their names, they were calm and collected. managed to calm people down. and to
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extinguish any flames of anger, mob rule, that would have taken charge had the group of mature brothers stepped in. how worried are you about anger in the community after this attack? this community of hours olympians viewpark is a mild—mannered, calm community. not name for their violence. our mosques are incredibly peaceful. there will not be...| are incredibly peaceful. there will not be... i will assure you, we will do our utmost to come down any tensions. immediately after the incident, people were calm, praying for the victims of the attack. everybody knew there was nothing they could do more than pray for
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them, let the emergency services carry out the exemplaryjob. can you describe at the beginning, the people who apprehended the driver, did they pull him from the van?|j did they pull him from the van?” did they pull him from the van?” did not see. i arrived after he was apprehended. i don't know how he was taken from the van. and then restrained. did he shout anything? he was covered by around three people. we have more than ten witnesses before sheikh mohammed arrived, he was saying, you deserve it. also i did my bit. was he attacked by people? was he beat in the people? no committee was unscathed. were you scared for your own safety? you didn't know whether this man had weapons or explosives? when i arrived, he was restrained.
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he had t—shirts and jeans, ely was visible, unarmed. —— he was visible. i was visible, unarmed. —— he was visible. iwas in visible, unarmed. —— he was visible. i was in the mask, i am the imam the mosque, we just finished prayers. five minutes after we finished prayers, a brother came in, quite panicked, saying somebody had run over a group panicked, saying somebody had run overa group of panicked, saying somebody had run over a group of people, tried to kill them. we rushed out. we found around 15—20 people on the scene. tending to the injured. like i said, administering cpr on the brother who is now deceased. the three people restraining the assailant. he collapsed before the van hit the crowd of people? as far as i know, the deceased collapsed, then people came to tend to him. they brought him a chairto came to tend to him. they brought him a chair to sit down he regained consciousness, as he regained
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consciousness, as he regained consciousness, the van drove perpendicular to seven sisters rd. not that he mounted the curb by accident. he drove at a 90 degrees angle to the direction of the traffic. it was enough to make some people fly after side. he drags to people fly after side. he drags to people underneath him. one of whom know where worried he may be paralysed for life. could not move his arms or legs. the man being treated, was he killed as a result of the van, or what he was suffering from? the postmortem and coroner's report would have to conclude how he died. was he a frail man? i don't know whether he walked with a stick or not. what did you say to the people restraining the attacker?
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they were silent, they held him down. but could not hold him down and push back people trying to hit him. we push the people back. was the man who driven the van still shouting things by the time he got there? he did not say a word from there? he did not say a word from the time i arrived and he entered the time i arrived and he entered the police van. he seemed calm. what did he look like? white, that is all. i could not tell. after this attack, what do you feel about this community? it is a tragic and barbaric terrorist attack. all life is sacred. to say something, ijust heard he said he did his bit. maybe
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proof that this demonisation of the muslim community at the hands who people who have ulterior motives, and are seeking to divide the community are succeeding to some extent influencing the vulnerable and impressionable into thinking that we are barbaric, and we are people who like to shed blood. therefore we must be eliminated and eliminated. it is on par with the london bridge attack. which was obviously a terrorist attack, and one we condemn. we just hope in times of tragedy people come together and unite. it was touching, my neighbours woke us up this morning, just to give us their support, saying they are there for us. our non—muslim neighbours. it is
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proof the fabric of this society is not torn. we have to continue to keep that fabric of society. this community of london in intact. and come together like we did in the great get—together on saturday. and other great get—togethers in the future. thank you very much for your time. a representative from the local mosque. on the scene very quickly afterwards. some people restraining, pinning down the driver of the van careering into the group of the van careering into the group of people leaving one dead, and ten injured. with me now is ben wallace, minister for security and conservative mp for wyre and preston north. what are your thoughts after this
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attack? first of all, really important we get the message across we all view this is a terrorist attack. no ifs, no buts. nasty, vicious an assault on our values. as the bomber in manchester was a a few weeks ago. we will deal with this individual, subject to the rule of law, and any other individual that the size extremism and radicalism into violence is the way forward. we are determined to follow up on this, make sure we learn about this individual, if there is anyone else, but we don't think so at the moment. prosecute him for his actions. i wa nt to prosecute him for his actions. i want to pay tribute to the imam. what he did, restraining people understandably angry and emotive about this individual. making sure he was handed over to the authorities, where we can do with him correctly. we were hearing from the mayor of
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london sadiq khan talking about the need for policing resources in the capital, saying how stretched resources a re capital, saying how stretched resources are at the moment. what would you say? do police have enough resources ? would you say? do police have enough resources? sadiq khan has commissioned a report into the police resources. the prime minister has said this morning that we are reviewing our counterterrorism strategy and if it needs more powers or resource than it will get that. to put some things in perspective, my heart goes out to the police in london. we have had successive attacks, one after the other, which is incredibly straining on any authority. it gets into attrition, people's shift patterns have to change and we need to look how we can change that in the future to be more resilient. i also have to remind people that this is the united kingdom. we have to deal with
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london. we had to be manchester attack. i am london. we had to be manchester attack. iam in london. we had to be manchester attack. i am in north—west mp and we had the horrendous bombing up there and we need to make sure resources across the united kingdom are appropriate to fit the threat. we will do that. but we also have to recognise that in the 21st century, policing terrorism has changed. a long time ago, in the last century, in the early 90s i was involved in counterterrorism. what we did then and what we do now, involves a lot more upstream, increasing capability on the internet with gchq and intelligence officers. ability to design buildings and structures to withstand attacks, and our ability to interdict withstand attacks, and our ability to interd ict early withstand attacks, and our ability to interdict early on is ever more in need. that's my overall in counterterrorism across government we have increased the funding from 11.7 by 30% up to 15.2 billion. that's a massive increase that
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nobody else in the public sector has seen. do you think islamophobia is on the rise, and has been on the rise for quite a long time, which is what people in this community are saying. hate crime has been on the increase and largely going unpunished, they feel. first of all, this is not a hate crime, it's an act of terrorism. you are right in one sense, the far right has been on the rise. back in december i prescribed national action comedy first far right group to be prescribed as a terrorist organisation. they are in the same bundle as al-qaeda and is. we have seen an increase in prevent referrals in the far right. in parts of the united kingdom they outstrip areas around islamic terrorist concerns. it is across europe, i
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think we have seen the far right on the rise and we are taking steps to deal with that. that's why we have a £16 million fund to call building stronger britain together, to work in those communities. more can be done, but it goes back to the earlier point about 21st—century counterterrorism. the challenge we have, the scale of the challenge we all have, not just law have, the scale of the challenge we all have, notjust law enforcement agencies and the police, but us in the community, as as parents and journalists and media, is that we now have the internet, meaning the ability to radicalise each other, spread and magnify terror, is greater than it was even ten years ago. that's a major challenge that the far right now produce incredibly slick recruiting videos and manuals and propaganda in the same way we see in the is and daesh space,
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amazingly produced horrendous products, but produced in a way that ta kes products, but produced in a way that takes advantage of the internet. that's one of the areas the prime minister is determined to tackle. it will take tough work with overseas internet providers, but that's the space i'm most concerned about, and that's why we have to adapt to deal with that. ben wallace, thank you. the minister of state for security. i want to introduce you to a couple of guests, chris and eleanor were here just of guests, chris and eleanor were herejust a of guests, chris and eleanor were here just a few minutes after it happened last night. chris, i think you helped one of the victims. what happened? we were there about 20 seconds after the van had ploughed into the barrier where it stopped. i didn't want to run in straightaway because i was worried people might because i was worried people might be running around with knives, it was a bit of a panic. i realised two people were trying to lift the van because somebody was stuck underneath, so i realised it was the
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right thing to try to help. me and about 20 other people proceeded to lift the ban. the man who got his legs stuck under it, managed to get them out, but he was in a critical state, bleeding from his ears and the rest of his body. did you know immediately it was a terrorist attack? i thought so straightaway. i thought it might be a hate crime against muslims. it's ramadan and the mosque closes at 11:30pm and they walk. the way it was presented, a rental van, make they walk. the way it was presented, a rentalvan, make me they walk. the way it was presented, a rental van, make me think it wasn't somebody who had just veered off accidentally, they had deliberately gone that fast into people. were you worried for your own safety, did you think there could be more attackers? yes, at the moment that it happened i was. i didn't know if something would happen to the van when people came out. but directly after seeing it for ten seconds, i wasn't worried that other people would come. it was more the feeling of going to help
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people who were critically injured. do you live around here?” people who were critically injured. do you live around here? i live about 100 metres from where it happened. we were just outside relaxing on a sunday evening, drinking cider, and we heard the screaming and the bank and went out to see what happened. eleanor, what did you see? i straightaway called 911. i started to repeat to the woman on the phone the same things. she told me to calm down and tell me what was happening. she told me to walk to the people and see how they were. straight in front of me there was a marl on were. straight in front of me there was a man on the floor who wasn't breathing at all. there was a woman doing recuperation. she said she was a nurse and knew what she was doing. she sent me to someone else. in front of me i saw men on the floor and people were kicking him in a face. it was the man driving the
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van. face. it was the man driving the van. they were saying, let's kill him anyway, maybe they will release him. ilet him anyway, maybe they will release him. i let them do what they needed to do. i went to call the police. i we nt to do. i went to call the police. i went to check the other guy. she asked me to check where he was bleeding from, and it was from his ear. he wasn't talking, just making weird sounds. the police arrived. it was a weird sounds. the police arrived. it was a really loud, so many people, to be honest. how many injured people did you see on the ground who needed help? there was one guy holding something on his head, bleeding. there was another guy... it was five people. one was dead when we got there, i'm sure, because he was motionless. his whole body was limp. and then there was a critically injured guy and about four others lying around. one with a traumatic brain injury, because he was violently throwing up
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everywhere. and then two elderly people, one woman who was grabbing her legs. one thing i want to say is that i heard the report the police we re that i heard the report the police were there a minute after on the scene. it wasn't. it was six or ten minutes. i checked the time i called 911. it was straightaway, maybe a minute after, it was 12:17am. when the police arrived i took a video and it was 1227i am. it was way more than one or two minutes. i was yelling at this woman, there is no ambulance. what are your thoughts as somebody who lives around here after this horrific attack on the community? i think it will raise tensions in terms of how they feel they are viewed by the especially white european race around england at the moment. because tensions have been on the rise. i feel safe at the moment. because tensions have been on the rise. ifeel safe in this community because i know the people in this community and they
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are nice people. it's a really community feeling. they are not violent terrorists. they just finish their praying at night and we never have problems. we live next to the marks. —— the mosque. i have problems. we live next to the marks. —— the mosque. lam have problems. we live next to the marks. —— the mosque. i am from italy. i'm from new zealand. thank you for speaking to us, chris and eleanor. the prime minister has been praising the bravery of the people on the scene very shortly afterwards saying that london is an extraordinary city full of extraordinary city full of extraordinary people. community leaders here say there has been a rise in islamophobia and hate crime in recent weeks and months. correspondent daniela relph reports on the community response. prayers on the streets outside finsbury park mosque. just a couple of hours after the attack. a public practice of faith from a community feeling vulnerable. during the morning, the mosque was surrounded by police and others here to reassure.
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but there is deep frustration and some fear. nobody feels safe. we cannot go to the mosque without looking behind our backs. we have to look behind our backs to practice religion. we are living in fear. we shouldn't have to live like this. many share that sentiment from across all communities that there is a general sense of insecurity. an unsettled feeling that is hard to shake off. people have a question about safety in london after all of these attacks. we want to assure them they are safe. we want to work with the police at the moment. every london borough has increased policing today. leave has been cancelled in many areas. they are visible and they are there to help and support. it is a time when every emergency services under enormous pressure. londoners have been hit
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with a series of attacks and have been nothing short of heroic. we will always make sure everybody is protected. we have a places of worship fund which we announced last summer which is there to protect places of worship like mosques. we will do all we can to reduce these attacks. the incident last night was directed at one community. a mosque and muslim men and women during ramadan. some believe the violence of the attack will expose the increased targeting of muslims. the rise in hate crime against muslims has been underreported, under—understood and not dealt with in the same way as bigotry against other communities. hopefully this will mean that action will be taken to tackle hate crime and the rise in hate crime against muslims which has been taken place over recent years and has reached a really worrying situation yesterday.
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as with all shocking attacks of this kind, the community response is a mix of anger and upset, alongside unity and defiance. what everyone now wants is reassurance and a feeling of safety during these are very difficult times. we can now totally former chief superintendent with the metropolitan police who is at the scene. hugely stretched metropolitan police at the moment. i asked the mayor about it. resources must be stretched thin after so many recent tragedies. absolutely. there are three boroughs thatjoin at finsbury park. you have islington, hackney and haringey. i live round the corner and was at finsbury park mosque a couple of days ago breaking fast with my daughter. it brings it brings to mind when you have extremists, where
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they are extremists on the far right or is the mists, —— on the far right or is the mists, —— on the far right or islamist ‘s. police officers have been reduced by 20,000. on top of that community officers have been reduced and has a reduction in staff. we need to have a very honest discussion about whether we have sufficient resources to support the police. i always feel the police service, certainly when i was in the police, it was almost like a classic character from police, it was almost like a classic characterfrom animal police, it was almost like a classic character from animal farm, where the horse keeps on saying, i will keep on doing more and more work. we have to keep asking ourselves, have we given the police force is too much to do. they are human beings. some officers were here since aam, and they are still here on a baking hot day. we need to think about
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their welfare and resilience of. lot of people here saying that islamophobia is on the rise, especially in recent weeks, but over a long period of time as well.” think there was an increase after the brexit vote when people felt emboldened. following the attacks we had an in crete in hate crime affecting muslim communities. there has been a significant increase on the number of crimes being committed. —— an increase. the individual who will have committed this would have had no idea whether he was attacking muslims or not. this is a very diverse area. go along here at any time of day and you'll find people from all parts of the world, all parts of community. obviously this is an angry community right now. the message has gone out for calm and, commendably, people like the imam who spoke to say few moments ago got that message across to people who are perhaps wanting to
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attack the man who caused so much serious injury and death. absolutely. there is no time for people to be hot—headed. it's about calm heads, making sure we are resilient, we stick together as a community. i walked resilient, we stick together as a community. iwalked past resilient, we stick together as a community. i walked past finsbury park tube and there is a note saying we are stronger together. people are making their own comments on that. i don't think it will help anybody to become angry. we need to be calm, channel our energy in a positive way. if we have information about people who will cause damage to us, whether it is the far right or islamist extremist groups, we need to inform the authorities, make sure they are locked up, charged, or provided help if they have mental health problems. this is a great community. what worries me is that we have had a succession of incidences and the police services are incidences and the police services a re really incidences and the police services are really stretched. looking at london bridge, westminster bridge, grenville tower, all of these will
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require a huge amount of police resources . require a huge amount of police resources. looking at how complex this is, huge areas will beat policing. former chief superintendent with the metropolitan police. —— huge areas will need policing. many different people here today all with the same message that this sort of attack, trying to cause division, can't be allowed to succeed. the prime minister also praising the bravery of local people last night in apprehending the attacker and saying london is an extraordinary city of extraordinary people. the latest injury figures we haveis people. the latest injury figures we have is that one person has died after this attack and ten people have been injured, eight taken to three different hospitals. that's the latest from finsbury park. we can go back to the studio.
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a minute's silence has been held across britain to remember the victims of last week's grenfell tower fire. police say they now believe 79 people lost their lives in the tragedy. but investigators warn that due to the complex nature of the recovery operation this figure is likely to change. our correspondent richard lister reports. as they assembled this morning in the shadow of grenfell tower, there was gratitude alongside the grief before a minute of reflection. big ben chimes dismissed. and then for these teams and others,
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the work began again, to help those who survived and recover the bodies of those who did not. today, that number rose again. this morning i know there are 79 people that are either confirmed dead and have been identified or are missing and sadly i have to presume are dead. i do think there may be some change to that number. the work we are doing is about trying to find those people to see if they are safe and well and thankfully, over the last few days, we have identified five people who people believed were missing and i am so grateful that they actually are safe and well. i've investigated major crime for most of my service and have seen some terrible things, but i don't think anything prepared me for what i was going to see when i was in there. the residents here did get out in time but there are more than
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100 at the flats like this one. this man lived in one of them on the fifth floor with his wife, brother and mother. on the night of the fire he was away on a training course and returns to find his home in flames. his family managed to escape. but so many of his neighbours didn't.” didn't know she was dead. he feels badly let down by the authorities. where are you, why are you not hear? i have absolutely no trust in the government, in the royal borough of kensington and chelsea, and in the housing system. there are now more signs of official involvement. the government says every surviving family will receive £500 in cash and 5000 paid into their bank, but the help has been slow in coming. the authorities and everybody is taken by surprise. how is that possible? it's jumped up all the flats, look. this video has emerged of fire crews
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racing to the scene in disbelief. they are back on duty today, they we re they are back on duty today, they were on duty when it happened. although they have seen horrific scenes, and they are all heartbroken, they are ready for duty today. the police have promised an exhaustive criminal investigation to make sure those responsible for this are brought to justice. make sure those responsible for this are brought tojustice. richard lister, bbc news. our correspondent frankie mccamley is in west london with some of those who observed the silence. what were they saying to you? people we re what were they saying to you? people were understandably extremely upset, and when the firefighters came down, these were some of the men and women first on the scene when this fire broke out. some of those i saw breaking down in tears. i spoke to one firefighter who could just say to me, there were so many children. it shows how many people have been
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affected here. you can see behind me affected here. you can see behind me a real sense of community spirit with people behind me coming to this church since the fire broke out to bring donations, flowers and pay their respects. a lot of community centres around the area say they have been overwhelmed. i spoke to one woman who came to help on volunteer and they said to her, we have too many volunteers. do you wa nt to have too many volunteers. do you want to go down the road and offer your services there? there is a real sense of community spirit, but there is also a real anger in the air with a lot of people still wanting those questions answered. why did this fire happen, and who, if anyone, is to blame? today the formal brexit negotiations have begun. they are taking place
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between the brexit secretary david davis and the eu's chief negotiator michel barnier. sir keir starmer, the labour mp for holborn and st pancras and shadow secretary of state for brexit, can join pancras and shadow secretary of state for brexit, canjoin me now.” have been listening to your coverage, and our thoughts are with the victims of the terrible fire last week and what happened at finsbury park last night, which you have covered. back to the question of the talks finally starting in brussels today. i wonder if you could start by clarifying the pa rty‘s could start by clarifying the party's position on the uk remain pa rt party's position on the uk remain part of a customs union. you said yesterday you thought it would, but jeremy corbyn has said it wouldn't. before we get to that, today is a really important day, the start of negotiations. labour wants these negotiations. labour wants these negotiations to succeed. we need a good dealfor the negotiations to succeed. we need a good deal for the country, negotiations to succeed. we need a good dealfor the country, and we
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start in the worst of all situations with a prime minister whose mandate is completely unclear now and who has lost authority abroad. we want the talks to succeed, but the prime minister has got us into possibly the worst possible starting position. in contrast, labour has been consistent in arguing for retaining the benefits of the single market and customs union. we have done that because our priority has a lwa ys done that because our priority has always been jobs and the economy. that needs to be the priority, i would say, of the government team now in these negotiations, because thatis now in these negotiations, because that is the only way to deliver the right outcome for the country. has labour been consistent because both jamie —— jeremy corbyn and john mcdonnell have said britain should be out of the customs union. focus on the outcomes. when you going into negotiation, the question on the table is what you want to achieve.
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the model is secondary to that. we wa nt a ccess the model is secondary to that. we want access to the single market thatis want access to the single market that is tariff free and access that doesn't introduce new customs regulations and access that works for services. gazzi outcome we want. as far as the model is concerned, frankly you could start with. .. getting into the weeds of the model is the wrong way to start the talks. what's going on at the moment and over the next two years is discussions of the outcomes. people don't stick to the model they want. both sides will have the outcomes they want, and at the end of the day there is a vehicle hopefully to deliver a good deal. that's the way we have approached it. but ultimately, whether you talk about outcomes or models, you are talking about the labour position being that you want to stay part of the customs union. we are saying the prime minister has been far too quick to ta ke minister has been far too quick to take options off the table. what she did in the lancaster house speech
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was sweep of the table any meaningful discussion about the customs union and customs market and the european court. to play up the idea that even leaving with no deal is viable as an option, which it clearly isn't. what we are saying is what you were doing if you're sensible is you leave your options open and focus on the outcome so you get the right deal you need for the country. part of the reason i'm focusing on this, as well as trying to get you to clarify labour's position, if we were to stay in the customs union, it would stop the uk from forming those independent trade deals that brexit is supposed to enable us to do. so where is the benefit? the vote on brexit was to leave the eu. we have always accepted that. what we are now discussing is whether there should bea discussing is whether there should be a future relationship with the eu and what it will look like. that has to be driven by considerations for what is best for the economy and the country. as far as the customs union
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is concerned, the final question of whether you stay in or out of the customs union is probably one needs to be answered far further into the negotiations because it will depend on some extent to the level of access we have two the single market. there are advantages of striking our own free trade agreements, and there are some advantages of staying inside the customs union and staying part of the eu's customs arrangement. saying at the outset, stick with your model for two years, isn't the right way to approach negotiations, i think. keir starmer, thank you for your time. time for a look at the weather. it's another hot summers day out there through the course of today where we are likely to see temperatures even higher than yesterday. this was the scene from one weather watcher in county down one weather watcher in county down on the coast. some cloud around but plenty of sunshine. yesterday we saw
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temperatures as high as 32 degrees in parts of the south—east. today could be a degree or so warmer. always fresher in the north. a weak cold front shifting slowly across the south across scotland and northern ireland. that will produce fresher conditions in the far north. further south we have almost wall to wall sunshine, hot and dry across much of england and wales. one or two showers potentially cropping up late this afternoon through the east midlands and east anglia. the vast majority of us will avoid any showers with highs of 31 or perhaps 32 towards the south—east. 22—29 across england and wales. fresher as we work across scotland and northern ireland with the odd shower possible. temperatures around 19 or 20, fresher in the far north of scotland. moving through this evening and overnight, showers fade
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away so things become drier across much of the country. things still humid overnight. we have a very weak frontal system edging across parts of england and wales as we had through the day tomorrow. to the south of that we have had very high temperatures. again, 29 or 30 degrees, perhaps even higher. further north across the country we will start to draw in cooler conditions. still a warm and sunny day with temperatures of 16—25 across the north. we could see heavy showers and thunderstorms across parts of northern ireland, scotland, northern ireland and perhaps wales. we keep the heat across the south, but another day where we could see temperatures up to 30 degrees. warm in the south, but things turning fresher from the north and towards the end of the week fresher conditions pushing across more parts
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of the country. more cloudy with a bit of rain. this is bbc news. i'm ben brown live in north london, where last night a van drove into a group of muslim worshipers. the head of the metropolitan police has said that the attack here near finsbury park mosque was quite clearly a n finsbury park mosque was quite clearly an attack on muslims. one man died, ten people were injured. 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." we managed to surround him and protect him from any harm. we stopped all forms of attack and abuse towards him that were coming from every angle. a 48—year—old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
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