Brighton and Hove sends '˜deepest sympathy' to Manchester after attacks
The leaders of the three political parties on Brighton and Hove City Council have stood together to condemn the attack in Manchester last night (May 22).
Flags were flying at half mast on council buildings in Brighton and Hove today (May 23), in a mark of respect to those who died in the attack.
A joint statement was released by the local Labour leader Cllr Warren Morgan, the leader of the Conservatives Cllr Tony Janio, and the convenor of the Greens Cllr Phélim Mac Cafferty.
It said: “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 and 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.”
The council also encouraged residents to report any racist, religiously motivated or other hate incidents within the community, here.
Cllr Morgan also said there would be a number of vigils across Brighton and Hove over the next 24 hours for Manchester, with more details to follow.
Political campaigning ahead of the general election has ceased nationally and in the city today (May 23), with a number of local candidates paying tribute to the victims of the Manchester attack, here.