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Local faith leaders hold vigil for terrorist attack victims in Guildford

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Local faith leaders hold vigil for terrorist attack victims in Guildford

Published at 4:46pm 9th June 2017.

A vigil organised by local faith leaders was held in Guildford on Friday (June 9) morning.

Local residents, workers, shoppers gathered on the High Street - to remember those who lost their lives and all others affected by the recent attacks in London and Manchester.

A minute's silence, was held at Tunsgate Arch opposite the Guildhall.

The Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Nigel Manning, and Assistant Chief Constable Nev Kemp, Surrey Police, joined leaders of local faith communities on the Guildhall balcony.

The vigil was organised to demonstrate unity and solidarity with the victims and those affected by recent atrocities. 

It also honoured lives lost and highlight the importance of community cohesion and unity.


Faith leaders attending include Canon Robert Cotton, Rector of Holy Trinity Church; The Rt Revd Dr Jo Wells, Bishop of Dorking; Dr Husni Hammuda, Muslim Chaplin from the University of Surrey; and Bahadur Singh from the Sikh Missionary Society UK.

Speaking before the silence, Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Nigel Manning said: "We should not let the mindless and the evil actions of a tiny few mask the good in the vast majority of people in our multi-cultural nation and our own local community here in Guildford."

"We have watched the bravery of the people in Manchester and in London in the aftermath of these cowardly acts. 

"By continuing to show respect to one another and not becoming in vain of living normal lives, we demonstrate that we will never succumb to terrorism."


Chief Constable of Surrey Police, Nev Kemp, also took the opportunity to pay tribute an officer seriously injured in the London Terror Attack.

This week, the officer apologised he couldn't do more to stop the terrorists. 

He also thanked people for their support, insisting he was 'simply doing his job'.

Chief Constable, Nev Kemp, said: "I want to pay tribute to the officers who tackled the terrorists, who didn't have firearms.

"We're one of the few unarmed police services in the world.

"To have officers that show that level of bravery, and certainly one of them has some really serious injuries and still be apologising for not being better able to protect the public is something that makes me hugely proud to be part of the British Police force."  


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