Prime Minister Theresa May vows that "hatred and evil" of "sickening" Finsbury Park terror attack will never succeed

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Prime Minister Theresa May has branded last night's terror attack on British Muslims in Finsbury Park as "sickening", and vowed that the "hatred and evil" behind it will never succeed.

The attack, which saw a van driven into a crowd in North London, killing one and leaving eight in hospital, was "every bit as insidious and as destructive to our values and way of life" as recent attacks in Manchester and London Bridge, May said.

Standing on the steps of Downing Street she added that the incident, which targeted worshippers leaving mosques after breaking their Ramadan fast, was "every bit as sickening as those which have come before".

"Today we come together as we have done before to condemn this attack and state once again that hatred and evil of this kind will never succeed," May said.

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The Prime Minister said that police were able to respond to initial reports of an incident within one minute, and were treating it as a terrorist incident within eight minutes.

Police believe there was a single attacker who May said was "bravely" detained by members of the public.

She added that police would continue to assess the security needs of mosques in the run up to the festival of Eid al-Fitr.

The Prime Minister also said the attack came at "a difficult time" for London in the immediate aftermath of both the Grenfell tower blaze and the London Bridge terror attack.

However, she added: "What we have seen throughout- whether in the heroism of the ordinary citizens who fought off the attackers at London Bridge, or the unbreakable resolve of the residents in Kensington, or this morning the spirit of the community that apprehended this attacker - is an extraordinary city with extraordinary people."

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