London attack: Vigil in honour of terror victims to be held near London Bridge

A vigil and minute’s silence is to be held near London Bridge on Monday evening in solidarity with the victims of Saturday’s horrific terror attack.

Seven people died and 21 others are still critically injured in hospital after three attackers targeted innocent Londoners enjoying themselves at a popular nightspot.

A white van drove into pedestrians on the bridge before knifemen repeatedly stabbed members of the public in and around bars in Borough Market.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is inviting Londoners and visitors to a vigil near City Hall on Monday in memory of the seven people who died.


Shaken: A member of the public lays flowers near to the scene. (AFP/Getty Images)

People will gather in Potters Fields Park on the bank of the river Thames at 6pm, less than a mile from Borough Market and London Bridge.

Senior representatives from the Met Police, British Transport Police, London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade will be there, as well as civic, faith and community leaders.

Flags at half mast for London Bridge & Borough Market terrorist attack

There will be a minute’s silence at the vigil at 6.20pm, following a nationwide minute’s silence held across the country at 11am.

People will be invited to lay flowers at the flagpoles in the park.


Solidarity: Londoners left floral tributes and messages of defiance on Borough High Street (AP)

Mr Khan said: “I invite all Londoners – and everyone visiting our city – to come together in solidarity to remember those who have lost their lives, to express sympathy with their families and loved ones and to show the world that we stand united in the face of those who seek to harm us and our way of life.”

He added: “We will never let these cowards win and we will never be cowed by terrorism.”


Armed: Police at the scene on Sunday. (Jeremy Selwyn)

The London Mayor today found himself under fire from US President Donald Trump who slammed his handling of the terror attacks.

The US leader sparked fury after tweeting on Sunday: “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’”

The Mayor’s words had been taken out of context by Mr Trump. Earlier today he had said: “Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days.

“There’s no reason to be alarmed.”

A spokesman for Mr Khan branded Mr Trump’s comment “ill-informed”.

The British Red Cross has launched a new UK Solidarity Fund to help victims of terror in the UK, alleviate immediate suffering and ensure that victims and their families do not face short-term financial difficulties. 

Additional reporting by Press Association.

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