Britain: Jeremy Corbyn distraught as he visits scene of Finsbury Park terror attack in his own constituency

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was visibly distraught as he visited the scene of a terrorist attack in his own constituency today.

Mr Corbyn visited the scene of the attack on Seven Sisters Road in north London, where one man was killed and 10 injured in the early hours of Monday.

He was pictured with his hands over his mouth when confronted with the horrific aftermath of the attack.

He also spoke with local residents to offer them reassurance.

Mr Corbyn had earlier posted an online statement speaking of his shock at the “horrific and cruel attack” and offering condolences to the victims’ friends and families.

He said he would be attending a prayer service at the nearby Finsbury Park Mosque later on Monday with the leader of Islington Council.

His full statement read: “I am shocked by this horrific and cruel attack in Finsbury Park, which is being treated as an act of terror.”I offer my condolences to the family and friends of the man who has died, and our thoughts are with the people who have been injured, their family and friends.

“As the local MP, I have met with Muslim community leaders at the Muslim Welfare House alongside Islington Council Leader Richard Watts, the council’s Chief Executive Lesley Seary and the Metropolitan Police.

“Richard and I will attend prayers at Finsbury Park mosque later today."

He added: “I appeal for people and the media to remain calm and respectful of those affected.

“In the meantime, I call on everyone to stand together against those who week to divide us.”

Meanwhile Theresa May vowed that “hatred and evil” of the kind seen in the attack will never succeed.

The Prime Minister spoke outside 10 Downing Street following a meeting with security officials and ministers in the Government’s Cobra emergency committee in Whitehall.

She said the attack had “once again targeted the ordinary and the innocent going about their daily lives - this time, British Muslims as they left a mosque, having broken their fast and prayed together at this sacred time of year”.

She added: “Today we come together, as we have done before, to condemn this act and to state once again that hatred and evil of this kind will never succeed.”

Mrs May said that the attack on Muslims was “every bit as insidious and destructive to our values and our way of life” as the recent string of terror attacks apparently motivated by Islamist extremism, adding: “We will stop at nothing to defeat it.”

Mrs May said police would continue to assess the security needs of mosques and would provide whatever additional resources were needed.

“This was an attack on Muslims near their place of worship and, like all terrorism in whatever form, it shares the same fundamental goal. It seeks to drive us apart and to break the precious bonds of solidarity and citizenship which we share in this country,” she said.

Prime Minister Theresa May speaking in Downing Street after a COBRA meeting (PA)
“We will not let this happen. This morning we have seen a sickening attempt to destroy those freedoms and to break those bonds of citizenship that define our United Kingdom.”It is a reminder that terrorism, extremism and hatred take many forms and our determination to tackle them must be the same whoever is responsible."

It comes after a van veered into a crowd of Muslims outside the Muslim Welfare House on Seven Sisters Road, down the road from Finsbury Park Mosque, at about 12.20am on Monday.

Scotland Yard said eight people were taken to hospital, two of whom have been seriously hurt. Two were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

Police have confirmed that a 48-year-old man, who was detained at the scene by bystanders, has been arrested in connection with the attack.

Jeremy Selwyn