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Statement - Attack in Finsbury Park

Cllr Richard Watts, leader of Islington Council, said: "The heartfelt thoughts of everyone at Islington Council are with the family and friends of those affected by the dreadful events in Finsbury Park in the early hours of this morning.

"We have been working closely with the emergency services overnight and have spoken to community leaders, Muslim Welfare House and Finsbury Park Mosque to offer any support we can. 

"This is a horrifying and appalling attack, which police are treating as terrorism.  Terrorist attacks seek to divide us and sow hatred. Finsbury Park is a diverse and open community and our mosques are a vital part of that community.

"We stand in solidarity with the Muslim community and will continue to stand together and support each other. Islington is a vibrant and unified borough: this is our community, and we will not be divided by any terrorist."