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Summary

  1. One man died and nine people were taken to hospital after the attack outside the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park
  2. The area was busy with worshippers leaving evening prayers at Finsbury Park Mosque
  3. Mohammed Mahmoud, imam at the Muslim Welfare House, says we must continue "to keep the fabric of society and this community of London intact"
  4. A 47-year-old man, understood to be Darren Osborne of the Cardiff area, is under arrest on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder
  5. The Metropolitan Police say all of the victims were Muslim
  6. The van used in the attack was hired from a company in south Wales
  7. Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn have both been visiting the mosque this afternoon
  8. Theresa May describes attack as a "sickening attempt to break those bonds of friendship that define the United Kingdom"

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By Chris Clayton, Kate Palmer and Alex Kleiderman

All times stated are UK

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Here is what has happened in the 24 hours since the Finsbury Park attack:

  • A man has died and 11 people were injured after a man drove a van into a group of Muslim worshippers in London
  • The attack happened outside the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park shortly after 00:00 BST on Monday
  • A 47-year-old, understood to be Darren Osborne from the Cardiff area, is under arrest on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder
  • Mr Osborne's family said in a statement: "We are massively in shock, it's unbelievable. It still hasn't really sunk in"
  • A vigil was held in the area on Monday night and attended by Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick as well as local faith leaders
  • Nine people are being treated in three hospitals, with some in a serious condition
  • Theresa May called the attack an "evil act" which has "devastated a community", which police are treating the attack as a terrorist incident

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Met chief joins vigil

The Met's commissioner Cressida Dick was among those who joined the Finsbury Park vigil on Monday night.

Those gathered held posters saying "Love will win" and "terror will lose" and observed a short silence.

Mohammed Kozbar, the mosque's chairman, praised the "great response" from the community following the attack.

He told the crowd: "These people, these extremists, their aim is to divide our communities, is to spread hatred, fear and division among our communities.

"We all have harmony in this area, and these people try to divide us, but we tell them that we will not let you do that."

Cressida Dick at the vigil
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Community's 'great response' praised

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Messages from the Finsbury Park vigil:-

Yesterday we all experienced a horrific attack on our families, on our freedom, on our dignity... We all have harmony in this area, and these people try to divide us, but we tell them that we will not let you do that.

Mohammed KozbarFinsbury Park Mosque chairman

An attack on one faith is an attack on us all

Rt Rev Adrian NewmanBishop of Stepney

An attack on the Muslim community is an attack on every single citizen in Great Britain, because we are one nation, under one God, living together, working together, co-operating together in this country

Rabbi Herschel Gluck

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Parliamentary group 'deeply saddened'

The All Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief says it is "deeply saddened" by the attack.

The cross-party campaign group welcomed the prime minister’s description of the incident as a "sickening attempt to destroy this freedom and break our bonds as citizens of the United Kingdom".

After significant public support from the Muslim community in the wake of the Manchester and London Bridge attacks, it is horrifying to see such violence against innocent people, just because of their faith."

Flowers and signs at vigil

Groups of people have gathered for a vigil near to the scene of the attack.

Standing in a lines near Muslim Welfare House and the Finsbury Park Mosque, they held flowers and signs reading "united against terror" and "love will win, terror will lose".

Vigil near scene of the attack
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Far-right extremism 'hasn't had attention it deserves'

Nazir Afzal - a former chief prosecutor for north-west England, and a former head of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners - says far-right extremism "hasn't been given the attention it deserves".

A former chief prosecutor says far-right radicalism in the UK has been overlooked

'Londoners need to come together'

Abdul Quddus
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An imam based in south-west London tells BBC News there appears to have been a rise in Islamophobia, but it was important for all Londoners to come together against terror.

Abdul Quddus says: "Reports do indicate that there's a rise in Islamophobic crime, there's a rise in extremist crimes altogether.

"And especially in the last couple of weeks and months especially we find that there's a backlash against Muslims. But it's important for Muslims to come out and show what the true Islam is.

"We as a community as Londoners we have to stand together as before and try to eradicate these misconceptions that have fallen within our society."

We're shocked and devastated, says family

The family of Darren Osborne - the 47-year-old believed to be he suspect in the Finsbury Park attack - have released a statement.

It read: "We are massively in shock, it's unbelievable. It still hasn't really sunk in. We're devastated for the families, our hearts go out to those who've been injured."

Sturgeon: Muslim communities 'anxious'

Speaking after she chaired a meeting in Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said police will "remain vigilant" in light of the attack.

She said her "thoughts go out to everyone who has been affected" by the Finsbury Park attack.

I convened a resilience meeting this afternoon to ensure that we are closely monitoring the situation. While there is no intelligence of any specific threat to Scotland, Police Scotland remain vigilant and visible across communities to provide reassurance to members of the public. Muslim communities will understandably be anxious just now and it is in these moments that we must come together as a country and unite against extremism and hate from wherever it comes."

Listen: 'We need to stand shoulder to shoulder'

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Rabbi Herschel Gluck OBE has said "we need to stand shoulder to shoulder and show that the extremists, wherever they come from, will not prevail".

He told reporter Manveen Rana that the community has an "extremely close relationship" and that the attack in Finsbury Park was against "the fabric of British society".

Alleged attacker's sister 'sorry for what's happened'

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The sister of a man suspected of driving a van into a crowd of Muslims in Finsbury Park has said she is sorry for what has happened.

Darren Osborne, 47, has been held on suspicion of terror offences after Monday evening's attack.

Speaking outside a house in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, his sister Nicola said: "I am very sorry for what's happened."

The family will not be issuing any further statements at this time.

White House reacts to Finsbury Park attack

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The White House has reacted to news of a terror attack on Muslims in Finsbury Park this morning.

President Donald Trump has yet to speak on the attack, but his press secretary Sean Spicer said: "The president has been made aware of the attack in London, is receiving consistent updates from the staff.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families - and we've made it very clear to our British allies that we stand ready to provide any support or assistance that they may need."

Eyewitness found 'crazy scene'

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One eyewitness, Joey Valentino, who was praying inside the Muslim Welfare House at the time of the attack said the scene he met when he went outside was "crazy".

"Everyone was shouting, everyone was upset. It was a horrendous scene, people were angry, people didn't know what was happening. It was confusing."

Van towed away from attack scene

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The van used in the mosque attack has been removed by police in Finsbury Park in the last few minutes.

It was towed away on a flatbed truck. The hired van belonged to South Wales firm Pontyclun Van Hire

'Terrorism is terrorism' - Sadiq Khan

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Writing in the Guardian, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan says officials "don’t yet know the full motivations" behind the attack, adding: "Terrorism is terrorism – no matter the target and regardless of what inspires the sick and twisted perpetrators who carry out these evil crimes".

He added: "I want to assure Londoners that this attack will in no way distract from other urgent work the police and emergency services are currently dealing with – including the vital recovery work at Grenfell Tower."

It is more important now than ever that we focus on those things that unite us, that make our city so great – our values of tolerance and respect, our belief that our diversity makes us stronger. We must remind ourselves of these things, as they are the reasons why we can be sure that we will never allow terrorists to fuel division and we will never be defeated by those who seek to harm us and destroy our way of life.

'We've felt rise in anti-Muslim hatred'

Mustafa Field
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Mustafa Field, director of Faiths Forum for London, says people in Finsbury Park are feeling "very nervous about the current situation".

He said: "We've been feeling a rise in anti-Muslim hatred, we know that hate crime in on the rise. People have been receiving letters, messages, threats of physical attacks and we saw what manifested yesterday."

"There is a real nervousness," he added.

He said the "solidarity" that had come out of the last 12 hours had brought "a calmness", but added that "we need to really think" about how to make people feel safer.

"We need to be calm, we need to be vigilant and we need to work together. Our unity is what will defeat terrorism," he added.

Neighbours react to search

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As police search a property in the Cardiff area - believed to be the home of Darren Osborne, who the BBC understands was arrested after the attack - neighbours have been reacting to the news.

Khadijeh Sherizi, who lives next door, said the suspected attacker was "so normal".

"He was in his kitchen yesterday afternoon singing with his kids. He was the dad of the family. He has kids. He lives next door. He seemed polite and pleasant to me."

Manchester patrols increased

Police patrols will be increased in Manchester in light of the Finsbury Park attack, the assistant chief constable of Greater Manchester Police says.

ACC Rob Potts said there was no specific intelligence to suggest Manchester was being targeted, but patrols would be increased close to places of worship.

He said there was a "significant policing plan" in place ahead of this weekend's Eid celebrations.

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Search continues in Cardiff

The Met Police earlier confirmed that officers were searching a property in Cardiff.

Images show a police van and a police car outside a property, where it is understood the search is continuing inside.

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Darren Osborne 'a father of four'

The BBC understands the man arrested for the attack is 47-year-old Darren Osborne.

It is also understood that he grew up in Weston-super-Mare, in North Somerset, and has four children.

Cooper calls for fines for social media firms

Yvette Cooper
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Yvette Cooper, Labour's former shadow home secretary, said the Finsbury Park attack was on British Muslims, but also on "London, on Britain and on all of us".

The Labour MP said the UK must "stand firm" against extremism, "wherever it comes from".

She said there was evidence that there was rising Islamaphobia in schools - which she described as "deeply troubling" - but also in the media, in pubic debates and on social media.

Mrs Cooper called for "social media giants" to do more to take extremist content down from the internet, or face fines.

Listen: 'Islamophobia is not the same as extremism'

The World at One

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An expert on Islamophobia says "we need to be tackling Islamophobia in the same way we've tackled other forms of discriminatory phenomena".

Dr Chris Allen, a lecturer in social policy at the University of Birmingham, who helped to set up and used to sit on the government's Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group, told Martha Kearney: "Islamophobia is not the same as extremism" and is "more akin to racism or homophobia."

He added that everyday experiences of Islamophobia for Muslims in the UK were "at street level" with physical or verbal abuse "perpetrated by ordinary people...not necessarily extremists."

BreakingTerror suspect name reported

The man arrested in connection with the Finsbury Park terror attack is Darren Osborne, 47, from the Cardiff area, the BBC understands.

Listen: 'This is a tight-knit community'

The World at One

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Local residents have been describing what they saw and say that they will come together because it is 'a tight-knit community'.

But they also say they were frustrated by the early reports of the attack.

'A lot of people feel angry with the way this was reported,' said one local resident.

Amir Khan: Communities must come together

Amir Khan: 'Communities need to get together'

Boxer Amir Khan, a British Muslim, said he believed the Finsbury Park attack was a form of "revenge" for recent terror attacks in the UK.

The former world champion told the BBC the attacks could spiral out of control and that unless something is done, "so many people are going to be killed".

"Communities just need to get together, we need to get together an fix these problems."

Flowers laid at attack scene

More people have been leaving flowers at the scene of the Finsbury Park attack, where one person died; nine were taken to hospital.

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Police search Cardiff address

Police say officers are also searching a residential address in the Cardiff area.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said officers looking into the Finsbury Park attack were "working fast to know the full details of how and why this took place".

The force said it would deploy more uniformed police officers, while local and senior police officers will regularly meet faith leaders.

He said: "All the victims were from the Muslim community and we will be deploying extra police patrols to reassure the public, especially those observing Ramadan."

"We are conscious there are a number of events planned across London and the rest of the UK and we continue to ensure that security plans are robust," he added.

Suspect thought to have 'acted alone'

A Met Police statement just released said the 47-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and taken to a south London police station where he remains in custody.

"He has further been arrested for the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder."

Police said it is believed the suspect "acted alone", adding: "We are of course investigating all the circumstances leading up to the attack. There were no reports of any people having suffered knife injuries."

BreakingSuspect further arrested for terror offences

The man arrested after the Finsbury Park attack is also being investigated on suspicion of terror offences, Scotland Yard says.

Irish PM: 'An attack on London is an attack on Ireland'

Leo Varadkar
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The new Irish prime minister said Ireland showed solidarity and support for London after two attacks, and the Grenfell Tower fire in recent weeks.

Speaking at No 10 Downing Street, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said: "London is a very important city for Irish people.

"I think pretty much everyone in Ireland has somebody who lives there who's a relative or a close friend.

"And when there's an attack on London, we feel in Ireland that it's almost an attack on us as well.

"So I just want you to know you have our solidarity and our support, and if there's anything we can do to assist we're ready and willing to do so."

What we know so far

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One man has died and nine people are in hospital after a van drove into a crowd of people close to Finsbury Park mosque in north London.

Here's what we know so far:

  • The attack happened outside the Muslim Welfare House shortly after 00:00 BST on Monday
  • A group of people was helping an elderly man who had fallen in Whadcoat Street - off Seven Sisters Road
  • A white van mounted the pavement and drove into people
  • Eyewitnesses said the van had to be lifted off one victim
  • Police say the man who had been receiving first aid died, although the cause of his death is unclear
  • A 48-year-old white man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder
  • Nine people are being treated in three hospitals, with some in a serious condition
  • Theresa May said the attack "targeted the ordinary and the innocent going about their daily lives"
  • The prime minister, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan have visited the scene
  • Police are treating the attack as a terrorist incident

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