A number of vigils are being held in Brighton and Hove today in memory of the victims of the Manchester bombing.This morning, more than 200 people gathered outside Brighton and Hove town halls for a minute’s silence.
More vigils are to be held this evening, at 6.30pm outside Brighton Town Hall, at 7pm at Hove Methodist Church in Portland Road and at 8pm at St Luke’s Prestonville in Old Shoreham Road.
Speaking at Brighton Town Hall this morning before the minute’s silence, council leader Warren Morgan said: “We are here to remember those who have lost their lives and stand in solidarity and compassion with their families.”
Meanwhile, armed police are at Brighton Station today after the UK threat level for terrorism was raised to critical yesterday afternoon.
Brighton and Hove Police said: “We will be out and about all around Brighton and Hove today providing visible reassurance especially at key locations, and all over the city. If you see us, say hi or wave to us and we’ll return the favour.”
Sussex Police and Brighton and Hove City Council are asking all residents and communities to remain aware and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity immediately by calling the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 or 999 in an emergency.
You can also report online to Sussex Police at sussex.police.uk/contact-us/report-online.
Residents and communities are also encouraged to report any racist, religiously motivated or other hate incidents within our communities. Please report hate incidents at safeinthecity.info/getting-help/racist-incidents.
For further information and support, go to the Safe in the City website or gov.uk/ACT.
6.30pm – Vigil outside Brighton Town Hall
The Hummingbird Project has called a We Stand Together Vigil outside Brighton Town Hall at 6.30 today. Speakers include Cllr Emma Daniel and Elaine Ortiz.
7pm to 8pm – Vigil at Hove Methodist Church
The Interfaith Contact Group has set aside their regular weekly prayer circle tomorrow (Wednesday 24 May 2017) as a vigil, honouring all those who have suffered both directly and indirectly from the terrible tragedy that took place in Manchester last night.
Meet at: Hove Methodist Church, Portland Road, Hove. BN3 5DR.
8pm to 9pm – Vigil at St Luke’s Prestonville
Meet at: St Luke’s Prestonville, 64 Old Shoreham Road, Brighton. BN1 5DD.