5 June 2017

Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “It’s with great sadness that we are talking about another appalling attack less than two weeks after the horrifying events in Manchester. Our hearts go out to the victims, families and everyone affected.

It has been a devastating couple of weeks but it is important to remember that we must not let atrocities like we witnessed on Saturday change our way of life or divide us. Those who spread hate and fear are contemptible cowards and our communities are stronger than that.

I take heart in the response of those in London to the attacks. The police response was swift and effective and the whole of London has come together with typical resolve. Tribute should also be paid to those working for the emergency services who tendered to the injured and whose compassion has been copied across the country today”.

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Anne Murphy, added:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those affected in Saturday night’s atrocity. “All faiths and communities stand united in solidarity and opposition to these cowardly attacks on our democracy and way of life.”

A book of condolence is now open in Sheffield Town Hall and the flag will be flying at half-mast.