London Bridge: Theresa May and Sadiq Khan arrive at Southwark Cathedral to pay tribute to victims one year on



Theresa May and Sadiq Khan have taken their seats at Southwark Cathedral as they prepare to pay tribute to victims of last year’s London Bridge terror attack.

The PM said Britain’s resolve to “stand firm” against terrorism was stronger than ever on the anniversary of the attack. 

Eight people were killed and almost 50 injured when three Islamic State group-inspired attackers ran down pedestrians on the bridge, then stabbed people at bars and restaurants in nearby Borough Market on a warm spring evening. The three attackers were shot dead by police within minutes. 

The rampage came two weeks after a bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena that killed 22 people. 

Theresa May arrives at Southwark Cathedral (Getty Images)

Survivors, politicians and emergency workers were attending a service Sunday at Southwark Cathedral near London Bridge.

The nation will hold a minute of silence at 4:30 p.m., and the words #LondonUnited will be projected onto the bridge, which connects London’s business district with the lively south bank side of the River Thames. 

Mrs May paid tribute to the bravery of first responders and others, including Ignacio Echeverria, a Spanish man who tackled the attackers with his skateboard and died in the attack.

Jeremy Corbyn arrives at Southwark Cathedral (Getty Images)

She said the fact that seven of the eight victims came from outside Britain – from France, Spain, Australia and Canada – was “a reflection of our great cosmopolitan capital, whose energy and values brings together people from across the world, and a tragic reminder that the threat from terrorism transcends borders and impacts us all.” 

The London Bridge carnage was one of a string of attacks in Britain in 2017 involving Islamic or far-right extremists that killed 36 people in all. 

Sajid Javid arrives at Southwark Cathedral (Getty Images)

Britain’s official threat level from terrorism is “severe,” the second-highest of five levels, meaning that an attack is highly likely. 

The government said Sunday that “we expect the threat from Islamist terrorism to remain at its current, heightened level for at least the next two years, and that it may increase further.”

It said the threat from extreme-right violence is growing. 

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said Sunday that he plans to recruit 2,000 new security service officers to help combat the threat.

Additional reporting by the Press Association



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