Pledge stand photo

Barking and Dagenham communities stand together

Barking and Dagenham residents came together on 6 June to join the rest of the nation in a one minute silence to remember the victims of the terror attack on Saturday 3 June.

Around 350 people attended and around 300 signatories have signed a community pledge so far, which has been set up by the council to symbolise solidarity and community unity in the face of the terror attacks.

Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, Councillor Darren Rodwell, said:

“Despite the darkness of the appalling attacks we are determined to stand shoulder to shoulder against hate and attempts to divide us.

“By signing this pledge people can express their defiance and solidarity and show how humanity will always win over hatred.”

Councillors, community and faith leaders, and council staff joined residents to observe a minute’s silence at Barking Town Hall.

The gathering was watched on the council’s Facebook page and Twitter account.

Sign a book of condolence

Residents can also sign a book of condolence to express their sympathies with the victims of Saturday’s outrageous attack at London Bridge and Borough market.

The books are available to sign at these libraries:

  • Barking Library
  • Dagenham Library
  • Thames View Library
  • Valence Library
  • Mark Gates Library
  • Robert Jeyes Community Library

Cllr Rodwell, Leader of the council, who signed the book of condolence at Barking Library on Monday alongside councillors and community leaders said:

“We stand united as a Borough in condemning the attack and are sending a clear message to anyone wanting to spread messages of hate in our community: there’s no place for you here.”