A COUNCIL leader has called for unity in the wake of last weekend’s terrorist attack in London.

Cllr Clare Coghill, leader of Waltham Forest Council, has paid tribute to the police and paramedics who responded to the incident in London Bridge on Saturday night.

Seven people were killed and 48 injured when three men drove a van into pedestrians before crashing near a pub and stabbing several people.

Cllr Coghill said: “We would like to offer our condolences to the people caught up in Saturday night’s horrendous terrorist attack at London Bridge. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families.

“We would like to praise the emergency services for their bravery and professionalism in responding so quickly, in some cases putting their own lives on the line to protect others.

“At this very difficult time, I am confident that our communities in Waltham Forest will continue to stand together and support each other and not allow this act of hatred to divide us.

“While we must all get on with our lives, it is important that we also remain vigilant and report anything suspicious, no matter how insignificant.”

Within eight minutes of the first call all three attackers were shot dead by police.

The flag outside Walthamstow Town Hall will fly at half-mast today, Monday June 5, and a book of condolence has been opened at the reception area which members of the public can sign.

A minute’s silence to remember the victims will be held tomorrow, Tuesday June 6, at 11am in front of the town hall. All are welcome to join.