The leaders of the three political groups on Brighton & Hove City Council have released a collective statement about the attack in Manchester last night
We are shocked and appalled by the terrorist attack in Manchester last night. That any person or organisation can target innocent young people at a pop concert is unfathomable. This act is intended to frighten and divide us, but we will not be cowed and we stand together strong; united in compassion with people from all faiths and backgrounds.
We send our deepest sympathy to all affected by this horrendous attack. Our thoughts are particularly with the families and friends of those who have died and been injured. If you are worried about someone who may have been at the concert, an emergency number, 0161 856 9400, has been set up.
As a sign of respect flags on council buildings in the city will fly at half-mast today. The council will also be writing to the Leader and Chief Executive of Manchester City Council offering support.
Co-operation between the public and the police is the greatest asset in tackling the challenge the UK faces from terrorism. Sussex Police and Brighton & Hove City Council are asking all residents and communities to remain aware and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity immediately by calling the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 or 999 in an emergency.
You can also report online to Sussex Police at sussex.police.uk/contact-us/report-online.
One Voice members urge everyone to be aware and are encouraging residents and communities to report any racist, religiously motivated or other hate incidents within our communities. Please report hate incidents at safeinthecity.info/getting-help/racist-incidents.
For further information and support, go to safeinthecity.info/getting-help/preventing-terrorism-and-extremism or gov.uk/ACT.
- Councillor Warren Morgan, Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council and Leader of the Labour and Co-operative Group
- Councillor Tony Janio, Leader of the Conservative Group
- Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty, Convenor of the Green Group