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Pontyclun villagers shocked that van used in mosque attack was from local hire firm

A police van outside Pontyclun Van Hire Credit: PA

Villagers from Pontyclun have spoken of their shock after it emerged that the van used in an attack outside a London mosque was from a local hire firm.

Photographs of the white van involved in the incident in north London, which is being treated as terrorism, feature logos of Pontyclun Van Hire.

Staff at the firm, situated near the village of Pontyclun in Rhondda Cynon Taf, say they are "shocked and saddened" by the attack and are co-operating fully with the police.

We are cooperating fully with the Metropolitan Police investigation and our thoughts are with those who have been injured in this cowardly attack.

We will not be making any further statement because of the ongoing police investigation but will continue to assist the police in any way we can.

– Pontyclun Van Hire
The van which was used in the attack next to a forensic tent Credit: Victoria Jones/PA Wire/PA Images

Villagers from Pontyclun spoke of their shock at the apparent local connection.

Shop worker Helen Edwards said: "It was a shock to see the van was from Pontyclun, it brings it close to home. When it's so close to home it's even scarier".

Hannah Jenkins, 23, who works in the Spar shop in Pontyclun, described it as a close-knit community. She said: "I think everyone is in shock. This is a small village in Wales and you don't expect to see something like this here".

Diane Cooper, who lives in the village, said: "You see these awful events in London and Manchester and you don't think there's going to be a connection with a place like Pontyclun... I've lived here for over 50 years and it's not the sort of place that you feel nervous in. It's a lovely, quiet village and it was a shock on the television to see that van came from Pontyclun".

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