London united: one year on from series of terror attacks in the capital that left 14 people dead, the city comes together to honour victims



Londoners will unite for a day of commemoration one year on from terror attacks which rocked the capital. 

Events to remember all the victims who died in the four terror attacks in London last year will be held today.

The message #LondonUnited will be projected in four locations.

Mayor Sadiq Khan said the projections were an “act of solidarity” and said Londoner’s stand together “united against terrorism and hope in the future.”

People paid tribute to the victims who were killed in the Westminster terror attack last year (Jeremy Selwyn)

14 people in total died in the attacks on London Bridge, Finsbury Park Mosque, Parsons Green underground station, and the Houses of Parliament which took place between March and September 2017.

Five people died and 49 were injured in the attack in Westminster on March 22 last year. The attacker also died.

The sister of one of the victims today spoke out about the horrific event in a heartbreaking interview.

Magda Toi’s said she refuses to dwell on the killer. Her sister Andreea Cristea, 31, was flung into the River Thames when Khalid Masood ploughed into Londoners on Westminster Bridge on March 22 last year.

Although she survived the fall, she died in hospital two weeks later.

6 people including the killer died in the attack (Jeremy Selwyn)

Ms Toi told the BBC: “I’m not interested in it because my sister is dead and no-one and nothing will bring her back.”

Recalling the moment she found out that her sister had been involved in the incident, Ms Toi said: “You don’t expect to hear on the phone that something tragic has happened.”

A junior doctor who rushed to the aid of the victims who were mowed down during the attack spoke of the Mayhem she encountered.

Dr Colleen Anderson rushed to the aid of the victims (PA)

Dr Colleen Anderson was working at St Thomas’ Hospital, on the bank of the Thames opposite Parliament and next to the bridge, when a colleague saw the attack.

The doctor, who was only eight months into her training, said much of the two hours she spent attending to the wounded on the bridge was with Pc Kristofer Aves, who has been left paralysed by the injuries he suffered.

Looking back one year later, Dr Anderson said: “I remember it vividly and perhaps I would not remember so much if there were not these constant reminders.

“There was a show on looking back at 2017 and all the attacks and unfortunately I was on call when London Bridge happened.

“Good things have come from it – it brought people much closer together and it did not do anything to deter people.”

Additional reporting by Press Association



Source : https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/londoners-unite-one-year-on-from-westminster-terror-attack-a3796066.html

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