London terror attack: UK stands in silence


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A minute’s silence has been held across the UK as a mark of respect for those affected by the terror attack in London on Saturday night.

The nation gathered in towns and cities to grieve for the dead and think of the injured in the wake of the third such onslaught in three months.

The silence was marked at 11:00 BST.

Seven people were killed and 48 injured, 18 of whom remain in a critical condition.

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Police officers paused for a minutes’ silence at Stratford station in London

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Hundreds of people stood in the rain at locations across London to pay tribute to the victims of Saturday’s attack.

One of them, Andrea Liddel, who travelled from Kent for the occasion, said: “I thought it was my duty to come here today – to stand where many lost their lives. I’m here for them.”

Flags on official buildings were flown at half-mast and London mayor Sadiq Khan visited the headquarters of the London Ambulance Service to mark the moment.

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London mayor Sadiq Khan stood with members of the ambulance service

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Flowers and a notice saying “terrorism has no religion” were placed in London

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New Zealand and England cricketers pause during the ICC Champions Trophy match at Sophia Gardens cricket ground in Cardiff.

Manchester

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A large crowd gathered on the steps of Manchester’s Central Library, despite blustery showers.

Lucy Hardman, a 26-year-old council worker from Glossop, said it was about the city standing “shoulder to shoulder” with London.

“I think there was so much support shown to Manchester after the attack here, it felt right to show some solidarity,” she said.

Debbie Peel, 60, of Saddleworth, added: “It’s still a very sad city here, but there has been a lot of positivity too. A lot of people have come out today and it just feels like the right thing to do.”

Angie Goff, of Audenshaw, said: “We all stand together and we won’t stand for it. It’s very upsetting what’s happened in both cities. The victims and families, it’s just unbearable. To be honest it doesn’t feel real.”

Bristol

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Cabot Circus shopping centre fell silent, with staff gathering in the atrium

Bristol’s Cabot Circus shopping centre fell silent at 11:00 BST as centre staff, customers and shopkeepers lined the balconies of the centre to pay their respects.

There was a low key police presence in the centre, the entrances of which are heavily fortified with steel bollards.

As the announcement was made shoppers stopped what they doing and stood with their heads bowed.

Inverness

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Sandra Lowe: “It’s heart-breaking”

Among shoppers in Inverness’ Eastgate Centre was Sandra Lowe, of Kingussie.

She said she observed the silence out of respect of those who had lost their lives in the London Bridge attack, and also those affected by the Manchester Arena bombing.

“It is heart-breaking,” she said, before adding: “It is a disgrace and something needs to be done. I am all for live-and-let-live and this is a United Kingdom for everybody from everywhere, but you live by the laws of the land in which you live.”

Nottingham

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Margaret Abraham, 77, from Marske-by-the-Sea

Margaret Abraham, from Marske-by-the-Sea near Redcar in Cleveland, was one of those to gather in Nottingham, where she is visiting her brother.

“We need to realise that this terrorism is going on all the time all over the world, and we need to not forget that but think about it more. We haven’t got to be afraid, we’ve still got to go about our everyday lives.”

Rosey Palmer, from the city said: “I think it’s important that we stand together. I wasn’t able to be here for the Manchester one, so I felt I had to make more of an effort today.”

Bishop James Stapleton, chaplain to the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, said: “To see so many turn out in the rain really shows solidarity with the people of London.

“We just had the same for Manchester, and it was shocking to see what has taken place. We stand together with them in their grief and sorrow.”

Southampton

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Emma Sibley and Karl Hucker: “It’s horrible we have to do it, it’s not right”

Emma Sibley and Karl Hucker observed the silence with their young daughter, in their home city of Southampton .

Ms Sibley they were there “just to remember and pay respect to the families and loved ones. It’s horrible we have to do it, it’s not right, but it’s just out of respect. When you have little ones of your own it makes you think.”

Dundee

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Syed Ahmed, a local market trader, said he was there “because innocent people lost their lives”

Bashir Chohan, 59, said: “The only straightforward message is to unite us. Terrorists would like to divide us and we would like to have unity with our communities.

“We don’t want to see this kind of atrocity again, let’s hope that it never happens again in our life.”



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