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London Bridge attack victims remembered on first anniversary

  • Video report by ITV News correspondent Keme Nzerem

The victims of the London Bridge terror attack have been remembered in a minute's silence and church service, exactly a year on from the events.

The service at Southwark Cathedral was attended members of the emergency services and the families and friends of the victims.

They were joined by Prime Minister Theresa May, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick and other dignitaries.

Leading the service was the Bishop of Southwark, Christopher Chessun.

He told the congregation: "Our hearts go out today to those who grieve the loss of colleagues, relatives and friends.

"While the very worst was happening, the best of the human spirit was shining brightly."

He added: "This very best of human nature was expressed in the actions of the emergency services, passersby, and first responders."

During the cathedral ceremony family members of the victims lit candles.

The 700-strong congregation held a minute's silence ahead of readings from Dame Eileen Sills, the chief nurse at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, and local councillor Adele Morris.

Tributes were laid a Southwark Needle, where a minute's silence was held Credit: PA

Outside an olive tree - known as the Tree of Healing - was planted in the grounds using compost from floral tributes left on the bridge in the aftermath of the murders.

There followed a procession from the cathedral to Southwark Needle, at the corner of London Bridge and Duke Street Hill, where a minute's silence was held.

Dignitaries laid wreaths at the site. One from Mrs May read: "We will never forget those who died and will never surrender to hatred and division."

Mr Khan's tribute read: "Our city will never forget you. We stand united against terrorism and together in remembering the innocent lives lost."

Those killed in the attack were Canadian Christine Archibald, 30, James McMullan, 32, from Hackney, Frenchmen Alexandre Pigeard, 26, Sebastien Belanger, 36 and Xavier Thomas, 45, Australians Kirsty Boden, 28 and Sara Zelenak 21, and Spaniard Ignacio Echeverria, 39.

Eight people were killed in the London Bridge attack.

A special honour was accorded to Wayne Marquez, the British Transport Police officer seriously injured fighting off the London Bridge attackers, during the remembrance service.

A corbel - a type of structural stone - bearing a likeness of his face will be placed in the north quire aisle of Southwark Cathedral.

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A group called Turn To Love held placards bearing slogans of hope near the bridge.

Project manager Qayum Mannan, 27, said: "It's about standing together against terror, against evil.

"Regardless of background we can beat those who would drive us apart. They want us divided.

"It's the duty of good people all over the world to oppose these attacks - Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, Christians and atheists, everyone."

Taneiya Begum added: "It's easy in times like this to build a negative stigma but it's important for everyone to show you should turn to love and peace."

A group called Turn To Love held placards bearing slogans of hope near the bridge. Credit: PA

Nearly 50 people were injured on June 3 last year, when three men drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge, before stabbing revellers in nearby Borough Market with 12-inch ceramic knives.

Khuram Butt, 27, Rachid Redouane, 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, were shot dead by police just eight minutes after the first emergency call was made.

Earlier Bishop Christopher Chessun, expressed gratitude to the police who acted "to remove the threat".

The London Bridge incident was one of five terror attacks in the UK in 2017, prompting a review of counter-terror powers.

The government is due to unveil a strengthened counter-terrorism strategy, with the Home Office warning that Britain faces a severe threat from Islamist terrorism for at least another two years.

The London Bridge incident was one of five terror attacks in the UK in 2017 Credit: PA

On Monday Home Secretary Sajid Javid will announce a range of steps aimed at boosting the authorities' efforts to stop atrocities.

Plans to share information held by MI5 more widely across government and local agencies are expected to be included in the blueprint.