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Summary

  1. One man died and nine people were taken to hospital after the attack outside the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park
  2. The area was busy with worshippers leaving evening prayers at Finsbury Park Mosque
  3. Mohammed Mahmoud, imam at the Muslim Welfare House, says we must continue "to keep the fabric of society and this community of London intact"
  4. A 47-year-old man, understood to be Darren Osborne of the Cardiff area, is under arrest on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder
  5. The Metropolitan Police say all of the victims were Muslim
  6. The van used in the attack was hired from a company in south Wales
  7. Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn have both been visiting the mosque this afternoon
  8. Theresa May describes attack as a "sickening attempt to break those bonds of friendship that define the United Kingdom"

Live Reporting

By Chris Clayton, Kate Palmer and Alex Kleiderman

All times stated are UK

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  1. Round-up: Man, 47, arrested in 'evil attack'

    Here is what has happened in the 24 hours since the Finsbury Park attack:

    • A man has died and 11 people were injured after a man drove a van into a group of Muslim worshippers in London
    • The attack happened outside the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park shortly after 00:00 BST on Monday
    • A 47-year-old, understood to be Darren Osborne from the Cardiff area, is under arrest on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder
    • Mr Osborne's family said in a statement: "We are massively in shock, it's unbelievable. It still hasn't really sunk in"
    • A vigil was held in the area on Monday night and attended by Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick as well as local faith leaders
    • Nine people are being treated in three hospitals, with some in a serious condition
    • Theresa May called the attack an "evil act" which has "devastated a community", which police are treating the attack as a terrorist incident

    More on what we know

  2. Met chief joins vigil

    The Met's commissioner Cressida Dick was among those who joined the Finsbury Park vigil on Monday night.

    Those gathered held posters saying "Love will win" and "terror will lose" and observed a short silence.

    Mohammed Kozbar, the mosque's chairman, praised the "great response" from the community following the attack.

    He told the crowd: "These people, these extremists, their aim is to divide our communities, is to spread hatred, fear and division among our communities.

    "We all have harmony in this area, and these people try to divide us, but we tell them that we will not let you do that."

    Cressida Dick at the vigil
    Vigil crowds
    Vigil crowds
    Vigil crowds
  3. Community's 'great response' praised

    Vigil

    Messages from the Finsbury Park vigil:-

    Quote Message: Yesterday we all experienced a horrific attack on our families, on our freedom, on our dignity... We all have harmony in this area, and these people try to divide us, but we tell them that we will not let you do that. from Mohammed Kozbar Finsbury Park Mosque chairman
    Mohammed KozbarFinsbury Park Mosque chairman
    Quote Message: An attack on one faith is an attack on us all from Rt Rev Adrian Newman Bishop of Stepney
    Rt Rev Adrian NewmanBishop of Stepney
    Quote Message: An attack on the Muslim community is an attack on every single citizen in Great Britain, because we are one nation, under one God, living together, working together, co-operating together in this country from Rabbi Herschel Gluck
    Rabbi Herschel Gluck
  4. Parliamentary group 'deeply saddened'

    The All Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief says it is "deeply saddened" by the attack.

    The cross-party campaign group welcomed the prime minister’s description of the incident as a "sickening attempt to destroy this freedom and break our bonds as citizens of the United Kingdom".

    Quote Message: After significant public support from the Muslim community in the wake of the Manchester and London Bridge attacks, it is horrifying to see such violence against innocent people, just because of their faith."
  5. Flowers and signs at vigil

    Groups of people have gathered for a vigil near to the scene of the attack.

    Standing in a lines near Muslim Welfare House and the Finsbury Park Mosque, they held flowers and signs reading "united against terror" and "love will win, terror will lose".

    Vigil near scene of the attack
    Vigil
  6. Far-right extremism 'hasn't had attention it deserves'

    Nazir Afzal - a former chief prosecutor for north-west England, and a former head of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners - says far-right extremism "hasn't been given the attention it deserves".

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    Video caption: A former chief prosecutor says far-right radicalism in the UK has been overlooked
  7. 'Londoners need to come together'

    Abdul Quddus

    An imam based in south-west London tells BBC News there appears to have been a rise in Islamophobia, but it was important for all Londoners to come together against terror.

    Abdul Quddus says: "Reports do indicate that there's a rise in Islamophobic crime, there's a rise in extremist crimes altogether.

    "And especially in the last couple of weeks and months especially we find that there's a backlash against Muslims. But it's important for Muslims to come out and show what the true Islam is.

    "We as a community as Londoners we have to stand together as before and try to eradicate these misconceptions that have fallen within our society."

  8. We're shocked and devastated, says family

    The family of Darren Osborne - the 47-year-old believed to be he suspect in the Finsbury Park attack - have released a statement.

    It read: "We are massively in shock, it's unbelievable. It still hasn't really sunk in. We're devastated for the families, our hearts go out to those who've been injured."

  9. Sturgeon: Muslim communities 'anxious'

    Speaking after she chaired a meeting in Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said police will "remain vigilant" in light of the attack.

    She said her "thoughts go out to everyone who has been affected" by the Finsbury Park attack.

    Quote Message: I convened a resilience meeting this afternoon to ensure that we are closely monitoring the situation. While there is no intelligence of any specific threat to Scotland, Police Scotland remain vigilant and visible across communities to provide reassurance to members of the public. Muslim communities will understandably be anxious just now and it is in these moments that we must come together as a country and unite against extremism and hate from wherever it comes."
  10. Listen: 'We need to stand shoulder to shoulder'

    Radio 4 PM

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    Video caption: Rabbi Herschel Gluck: Finsbury Park attack was against 'the fabric of British society'

    Rabbi Herschel Gluck OBE has said "we need to stand shoulder to shoulder and show that the extremists, wherever they come from, will not prevail".

    He told reporter Manveen Rana that the community has an "extremely close relationship" and that the attack in Finsbury Park was against "the fabric of British society".

  11. Alleged attacker's sister 'sorry for what's happened'

    Police van outside a Cardiff property

    The sister of a man suspected of driving a van into a crowd of Muslims in Finsbury Park has said she is sorry for what has happened.

    Darren Osborne, 47, has been held on suspicion of terror offences after Monday evening's attack.

    Speaking outside a house in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, his sister Nicola said: "I am very sorry for what's happened."

    The family will not be issuing any further statements at this time.

  12. White House reacts to Finsbury Park attack

    Sean Spicer

    The White House has reacted to news of a terror attack on Muslims in Finsbury Park this morning.

    President Donald Trump has yet to speak on the attack, but his press secretary Sean Spicer said: "The president has been made aware of the attack in London, is receiving consistent updates from the staff.

    "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families - and we've made it very clear to our British allies that we stand ready to provide any support or assistance that they may need."

  13. Eyewitness found 'crazy scene'

    BBC News Channel

    One eyewitness, Joey Valentino, who was praying inside the Muslim Welfare House at the time of the attack said the scene he met when he went outside was "crazy".

    "Everyone was shouting, everyone was upset. It was a horrendous scene, people were angry, people didn't know what was happening. It was confusing."

  14. Van towed away from attack scene

    Van towed away

    The van used in the mosque attack has been removed by police in Finsbury Park in the last few minutes.

    It was towed away on a flatbed truck. The hired van belonged to South Wales firm Pontyclun Van Hire

  15. 'Terrorism is terrorism' - Sadiq Khan

    The Guardian

    Writing in the Guardian, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan says officials "don’t yet know the full motivations" behind the attack, adding: "Terrorism is terrorism – no matter the target and regardless of what inspires the sick and twisted perpetrators who carry out these evil crimes".

    He added: "I want to assure Londoners that this attack will in no way distract from other urgent work the police and emergency services are currently dealing with – including the vital recovery work at Grenfell Tower."

    Quote Message: It is more important now than ever that we focus on those things that unite us, that make our city so great – our values of tolerance and respect, our belief that our diversity makes us stronger. We must remind ourselves of these things, as they are the reasons why we can be sure that we will never allow terrorists to fuel division and we will never be defeated by those who seek to harm us and destroy our way of life.