Communities and organisations across Nottingham have shown their solidarity as One City united in grief and its resolve to stand against hatred and violence, in the wake of last week’s devastating attacks.
The City Council is committed to working with local people and partner agencies to ensure that people are safe and feel safe in the city, and to look together at ways to build a positive lasting legacy following the tragic deaths of Ian Coates, Grace O’Malley-Kumar and Barnaby Webber.
The council will work with the police, faith and community groups, both universities, the business community, health organisations, and others under the banner of ‘One City – Nottingham Together’ to ensure there is appropriate support for anyone who continues to struggle.
Police officers and Community Protection Officers are carrying out extra patrols in the city and its neighbourhoods, to provide extra visible reassurance and be a point of contact for people to speak to.
Councillor Sajid Mohammed, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods, Safety and Inclusion at Nottingham City Council, said he thought the victims of the attacks would leave a lasting legacy in the city.
He said: “I think the city is now going through a healing process and reflection. It has shocked us all to our core. We do not expect this to happen in Nottingham as we are a city that overwhelmingly is harmonious and will not stand for violence or hate. Everyone has come together and grieved along with the families and we will build on this solidarity with our communities and partner organisations.
“We are seeing a real positive response and I think that will be the legacy of the victims in this city. Our job at the moment is to work with the families and support the police and the coroner, but we will also be listening to all our communities across the city, including students, night-time economy workers, businesses and community leaders. We understand that many people remain concerned and want to assure them that the city is safe.”
Flowers continue to be laid on the Council House steps, and the Book of Condolence will remain open until the end of next week, for people to pay their respects. Ongoing support will be provided for local communities. Support services for anyone traumatised by last week’s events are available through www.nottsvictimcare.org.uk, while mental health support is available here: https://www.nottsicb.ns.uk/your-health/mental-health