7/7 anniversary: London Mayor Sadiq Khan lays wreath at memorial in Hyde Park

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan after laying a wreath at the memorial in Hyde Park Credit: PA

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick have paid tribute to the 52 people who died in the July 7 bombings, on the 15th anniversary of the terror attacks.

A series of explosions ripped through London in co-ordinated terrorist strikes in 2005.

The attacks on three London Underground trains and a double-decker bus killed 52 people as well as the bombers, and more than 700 people were injured.

Dame Cressida and Mr Khan laid wreaths at the 7/7 memorial in Hyde Park at 8.50am on Tuesday morning – the time of the first bomb.

A message on the wreath laid by Mr Khan said:

Fifteen years have passed, but the 52 innocent people who lost their lives on 7/7 remain in our hearts. Those who seek to divide our communities and destroy our way of life will never, ever succeed.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
Commissioner of City of London Police Ian Dyson and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick lay wreaths Credit: PA

British Transport Police Chief Constable Paul Crowther, City of London Police Commissioner Ian Dyson, and Mike Brown, Commissioner for Transport for London, were also among those who paid tribute to the victims.

Chief Constable of British Transport Police Paul Crowther (left) and Mike Brown, Commissioner of Transport for London

A second group, including London Fire Brigade Commissioner Andy Roe and London Ambulance Service’s director of integrated patient care, Athar Khan, laid wreaths at 9.47am, the time of the bomb on the bus in Tavistock Square.

Flowers were sent by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, while a separate virtual service for families of the 52 people who died and the survivors is being held on Tuesday afternoon.

Paralympian Martine Wright, who lost both her legs in the Aldgate explosion, tweeted:

As we mark 15 years since the attack on our city I want to pay tribute to the heroic efforts of our emergency services and transport workers, who ran towards danger to save lives, on that awful day. The way that our city responded and stood united in the aftermath of the attack showed the world that our values of decency, tolerance and mutual respect will always overcome the hate of the terrorists

Sadiq Khan, London Mayor