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The Northampton Inter Faith Forum has issued the following statement in response to the appalling attacks in London on Saturday 3rd June.

The members of the Northampton Inter Faith Forum stand together today to remember the people who lost their lives and those who were injured in the barbaric acts of violence in London on Saturday night. We share the grief that their families and friends feel today.

We condemn those cowardly attacks. The three men who committed those appalling acts of terror believed in some sort of perverse and poisonous ideology which does not represent any of our faiths. There can be no justification for such acts of terrorism.

Such acts are also attacks on our values and way of life. Together with Londoners, we will make sure that the terrorists do not succeed. We will not allow a tiny minority to spread distrust and hate.

Already, huge numbers of people from all over the country and in many other countries, from different backgrounds, communities and of different faiths, have come together to spread a positive message choosing love not hate. So, too, we are here today to show our solidarity.

The members of the Inter Faith Forum have built warm relations and friendships between our different faith communities: Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Bahai'i, Buddhist, Sikh and others. We are united.

We share a commitment to maintain good relations between the faith communities. The work of our Forum is more important than ever. Our aims, along with those of the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan – a patriotic British Muslim – and those of the Police, are for a peaceful, safe and just society.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.

© Northampton Inter Faith Forum 2017