Boris Johnson has paid tribute to the victims of the London Bridge terror attack – five years after the harrowing incident shook the nation.
The Prime Minister reflected on the “worst of humanity” five years ago, when eight people were killed and 48 people left seriously injured after a rampage which lasted a little over eight minutes.
Three terrorists drove a white van into pedestrians on London Bridge, before stabbing bystanders on June 3, 2017.
Armed police arrived on the scene and fatally shot the trio, who were wearing hoax suicide vests.
Mr Johnson said: “Five years on, we also pay tribute to the indomitable spirit shown by Londoners that night and in the weeks that followed.
“When faced with the worst of humanity, this city – and all those who have made it their home – responded with its best, and refused to be cowed in the face of terror.”
Southwark Council led local tributes, hosting a service of remembrance at Southwark Cathedral for all victims and those involved in the emergency response.
Cllr Kieron Williams, Leader of Southwark Council, said: “We know that for many Londoners and Southwark residents the Jubilee weekend will be a time to celebrate, but for everyone affected by the events of June 3, 2017, Friday will be a day of sadness and reflection.
“So much has happened in the last 5 years but the tragic events of that night remain clear in the minds of everyone who lost someone, was harmed, or helped in the immediate response, and the longer recovery.”
Since the terror attack, the Government has announced plans to isolate dangerous and influential prisoners from the main prison population to prevent them radicalising other inmates.
Justice Secretary Dominic Raab said a new team – set up at a cost of £1.2 million – will identify the most influential terrorists so they can be moved to one of the Prison Service’s three separation centres.
Usman Khan, a terrorist prisoner out on licence, stabbed two people to death in the London Bridge attack.