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Statement regarding Finsbury Park attack

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Statement regarding Finsbury Park attack

On 19 June 2017, a van was driven into pedestrians in Finsbury Park, London, injuring at least eight people.

This occurred near the Muslim Welfare House, 100 yards (90 m) from Finsbury Park Mosque. A man who had earlier collapsed and was receiving first aid died at the scene. The incident is being investigated by counter-terrorism police as a terrorist attack. On 23 June, Darren Osborne of Cardiff was charged with terrorism-related murder and attempted murder. His motive is still under investigation.

Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Judith Blake said:

“In a week where communities in Leeds and across the country have celebrated togetherness in the memory of Jo Cox MP, last night’s incident in Finsbury Park was truly shocking and saddening, and our thoughts are with all those affected.

“Jo’s message of unity and us having far more in common with each other than that which divides us remains as important as ever at this time, and this will continue to underpin our own work in communities across Leeds.”