The three party leaders in Brighton and Hove have issued a joint statement after the bombing in Manchester last night (Monday 22 May).
Their statement was released this afternoon by Brighton and Hove City Council. It said: “We are shocked and appalled by the terrorist attack in Manchester last night.
“That any person or organisation can target innocent young people at a pop concert is unfathomable.
“This act is intended to frighten and divide us but we will not be cowed and we stand together strong; united in compassion with people from all faiths and backgrounds.
“We send our deepest sympathy to all affected by this horrendous attack. Our thoughts are particularly with the families and friends of those who have died and been injured.
“If you are worried about someone who may have been at the concert, an emergency number, 0161 856 9400, has been set up.
“As a sign of respect flags on council buildings in the city will fly at half-mast today.
“The council will also be writing to the leader and chief executive of Manchester City Council offering support.
“Co-operation between the public and the police is the greatest asset in tackling the challenge the UK faces from terrorism.
“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.
“One Voice members urge everyone to be aware and are encouraging residents and communities to report any racist, religiously motivated or other hate incidents within our communities.
“Please report hate incidents at www.safeinthecity.info/getting-help/racist-incidents.
“For further information and support, go to www.safeinthecity.info/getting-help/preventing-terrorism-and-extremism or www.gov.uk/ACT.”
The statement was made by the Labour council leader Councillor Warren Morgan, the new opposition Conservative group leader Councillor Tony Janio and the Green group convenor Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty.
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