Mansfield united over Paris terrorist stance

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Civic and religious leaders across Mansfield have joined together to unite against the recent violence in Paris.

Millions of people took to the streets of the French capital over the weekend to show unity against the terrorist attacks on satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, on a police officer, and at a kosher supermarket, which left 17 dead.

And to show support locally, more than 25 civic and religious leaders have signed a letter to add their support.

This includes MP Alan Meale, Mansfield mayor Tony Egginton, church leaders and members of the Mansfield and Ashfield Bangladeshi Association.

Revd Dr Keith Hebden, of St Mark’s Church and the Mansfield & Maun Valley Citizens (MVC) leadership team, said: “Mansfield is a place of welcome and generosity; this letter and actions shows that we will not let other people’s story of how the world is dictate how we treat one another.

“Maun Valley Citizens exists to unite good people for the common good in Mansfield, and the wider area which is why the leadership team were proud to join the Mansfield and Ashfield Bangladeshi Association in this initiative.”

Mayor Tony Egginton added: “I would certainly want to be standing with you and I feel I would be talking for the majority of people right across our township regarding this recent atrocity.”