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terrorist incident. It is both moving and uplifting.
Welcome to BBC London news outside Finsbury Park, where worshippers
have been arriving for prayers. Security has been stepped up at the
mosque and at mosques across the capital. You can probably see an
increased police presencing presence to reassure a community feeling
anxious. But we know London's police force is already stretched and the
mayor is urging the Government to reverse planned cuts to the Met.
Here is our home affairs correspondent.
An east London mosque evacuated this afternoon.
They had found a mobile phone ringing, the caller
There wasn't, but it's left people worried.
It has been an immensely difficult day.
On top of everything, everyone here is fasting it's
still Ramadan and yeah it is a very sensitive time at the moment
and the community is feeling vulnerable and scared.
In North London, the Prime Minister was visiting Finsbury Park Mosque.
Just yards from where the attack took place last night.
Through coming here the Prime Minister is looking
to offer reassurance, but many people have told us that
although they're shocked and saddened by what happened,
they're not necessarily surprised that Muslims have been
Some people here told us they had feared a backlash after the recent
We met 28-year-old hospital worker Selma.
I used to think London was a safe place to live,
I was slowly convinced in London Bridge, because the people
keep upsetting people, they're going to fight back.
So that's not going to do us a favour.
Even though we had nothing to do with it.
Scotland Yard said it took the threat of right-wing extremism
seriously and there would be patrols across the capital in
The people of this community have a I think very good working
relationship with the local police they will be seeing more police
in the area, particularly around religious establishments.
They will more officers on the streets.
They may see more armed officers on the streets as well.
And we will be communicating with them and listening
to them as we have today about their concerns about about any
But one former head of counter terrorism at the city of London
police was sceptical that all places of worship could be protected.
There are more than 500 mosques in London alone and hundreds
and hundreds of Muslim centres, it is simply not realistic to have
officers outside all of them and in this type of attack,
people patrolling on the street are completely ineffective.
The only way to stop somebody in a vehicle
with barriers and extremists, being shoot them immediately.
This was the third terror attack in four months.
The mayor said he was worried that the Met didn't have enough
resources and appealed to the Government to reverse planned
I am concerned about the resources the Met Office and others have.
I have been lobbying for more resources.
My message for the Government is the plans for further
cuts of ?400 million, don't do it, my message
to the government is the plans you have to change the police
funding formula so London loses more money, don't do it.
The Home Office told us the Met could would have the resource too
keep us safe and secure and thrill will be a public consultation
Tensions are running high in some places.
This has been a traumatic week for London.
First fire and now terrorism once again.
For many, weariness as well as worry hangs in the summer air.
Our reporter joins me, and the worry that Nick mentioned, you have been
speaking to people, what is their feeling? Many people have come to
prayer and it is very full here. But of course a sense of anxiety, but
what I have got from people is that they feel the need to carry on with
their lives. Obviously, everybody's anxious and we are worried about, we
don't know, I mean, is this going to happen again or is this the last
time? We just hope that everybody gets united and you know. You felt
the need to come back tonight? Yes. Why? We do not want to be stopped by
such activities. I mean, it shouldn't deter people from going
about their own business. It is not just Muslim people here? No you will
see love will win, terror will lose. People from all faiths are here,
there is table with people giving out tea and food and all faiths
coming together. Thank you. There is no doubt that these are challenging
times for the capital it comes days after the Grenfell Tower fire.
Today, the commander leading the investigation gave his account of
what he and the emergency services saw and what they were faced with
that day. I have investigated major crime for most of my service and I
have seen some terrible things, but I don't think anything prepared me
more what I was going to see. It is hard to describe my feelings, I can
not imagine and I would not want to put myself in the position of those
families, but being can colleagues from the London Fire Brigade and
from the London ambulance service and other police officers, I think
it is fair to say it is a very emotional working in there. But we
will do it with professionalism and do everything we can as quickly as
we can, to locate and recover everybody who is in there. Stuart
Cundy there. We have learned that fire adits in London have -- audits
in London have changed. The Fire Brigades Union have called for
checks to be tightened and the Government's asked councils to check
which blocks have the same cladding material used in the Grenfell Tower.
What happened here has again focussed attention on the
safety of the capital's tower blocks.
Sonia has lived here in Tower Hamlets for four years, her block
doesn't have sprinklers and while it has been
They do checks and everything else, I'm not going to
But it still don't make you feel better
I'm sure they said they done fire checks.
The Fire Brigades Union also has concerns about checks.
It says job cuts have reduced its role,
private companies can now carry out assessments and these minutes show
that cuts even led to a delay of a fire audit on a tower close to
It was put down to internal staffing issues at the fire service.
In fact, fire audits over a five year period in London have
And the unions want regulations tightened.
You will find a lot of premises are being inspected by
third party companies, I don't believe they're as skilled as the
We used to inspect a range of businesses,
private residences, highrises.
We no longer carry out that same regime and I think what we are
witnessing is the regulations being avoided in some areas. Today the
Government wrote to councils asking them to check if their tower blocks
had been cladded using same materials to those at Grenfell
Tower. A fire assessment was carried out at the tower in 2016. In tower
hamments the council -- tower hamments the council says the blocks
have been given up-to-date fire risk assessment. At this block tomorrow
there will be an emergency meeting to try and reassure rest debts. The
Government said it invests heavily in prior prevention. -- fire
prevention. A review by the mayor said the fire service had coped well
with the cuts. But the questions are not fading and answers could be
months away. That is all from us in Finsbury Park tonight. I will wish
you a peaceful good night and hand you to Wendy for a check on the
weather. Well we had the hottest day of the year, 32.4 degree and the
heat wave continues. We have another warm evening. And that leads into
another one of those uncomfortable nights. We had clear sky and light
winds and very muggy. Temperatures fall nothing lower than 20 degrees.
Another warm start tomorrow. A sweaty commute and fierce sunshine
with just a smattering of cloud from the north. More of a breeze
tomorrow, but still high temperatures, up to 31 degrees in
central land and up to 32 on Wednesday as the wind swings to the
west. It freshens up later in west. It freshens up later in the
week. Now thele national forecast. The heat we are experiencing in some
parts is now the most prolonged spell of heat in June, that is the
key, in June, for around 20 years. We have had five days of
temperatures of 30 degrees or more in a row and today up to 33 degrees
just west of London. So a little too hot for some. We are on a par with
many exotic locations, including Athens. Let me show you the
temperatures around now, so still around the mid 20s. At 11 o'clock.
The reason I'm showing you is these vams that you can see -- values you
can see are higher than what we would normally get during the day
time this time in