'Jihadi hate' condemned after Barking arrests connected to London Bridge terror attack
PUBLISHED: 10:25 05 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:44 05 June 2017
MPs condemned "jihadi hate" as police search borough properties in connection with the London Bridge and Borough Market terror attack.
Terrorists murdered seven people on Saturday, June 3, by driving a van into pedestrians on London Bridge, before the van’s three occupants rampaged through Borough Market stabbing several people before being shot dead by armed police.
Barking MP Dame Margaret Hodge called the attacks “deplorable” as 11 people were arrested in her constituency in King’s Road on Sunday, June 4.
“Whoever was behind these terrible attacks does not represent our community in Barking and Dagenham, nor do they share the values of the people of the borough,” she said. “Barking is shocked and appalled by these events but we are determined to continue to work together to build a strong and cohesive community where there is no room for such perversion of any religion.”
Praising the “rapid response” of emergency services, she said terrorists aimed to “sew fear and division” but had been “met with courage and unity”.
Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham, said the “awful” attacks left seven families in “total sadness”.
His comments came hours after counter-terror police raided addresses in Chequers Lane, Dagenham, at 4.15am on Monday, June 5.
Residents reported hearing gunshots and bangs during the raid, with one eyewitness saying two men were led away from a house as searches at two addresses continue.
Recalling the suicide bomb attack that killed 22 people at Manchester Arena on Monday, May 22, Jon Cruddas said it was important to honour our “heroes”.
“There is anger at those who carried out this atrocity, anger at those who hide them, anger at those who tolerate them and, most of all, anger at those who corrupted the perpetrators’ minds with their evil vision of jihadi hate,” he said. “But today, as in Manchester two weeks ago, there are heroes. The police who bravely put their lives on the line, the armed officers who took just eight minutes to kill the three terrorists, our amazing emergency services and NHS staff, and, of course, Londoners themselves. We will always challenge and defy terror, whether with words, tables and chairs or our spirit.”