NZ respects paid

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Local dignitaries from Havering have paid their respects to New Zealanders following the terror attack two weeks ago.

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell brought flowers to the Havering Islamic Centre, alongside Councillor Viddy Persaud and Councillor Christine Vickery.

In a letter to the centre Mr Rosindell wrote “I offer my deepest condolences following the evil and devastating attacks against members of the muslim community.

“My heartfelt sympathy go to the families of those who have lost loved ones.”

In south Hornchurch local residents joined Councillors Graham Williamson, Natasha Summers and Havering’s Mayor Councillor Dilip Patel, in laying commemorative flowers at the New Zealand Memorial on Dovers Farm Green in South Hornchurch.

Cllr Williamson said: “New Zealand residents risked their lives for the UK in the last

World Wars so we owe it to them to mark their recent losses.

Sadly, the world is likely to see similar events in the months/year to come”.

He also remarked that “The New Zealand War Memorial on the Green by New Zealand Way is aptly in the centre of an estate whose street names were chosen from NZ towns.

The Memorial to NZ sacrifice in both World Wars is itself, as far as we know, the only such one in the UK beyond a national one in Hyde Park” It is an important part of our local history”.

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