Woolwich attack: Mansfield and Ashfield MPs united in disgust

Police activity close to the scene where a man was murdered in John Wilson Street, Woolwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. A major police operation was launched today after two suspected terrorists murdered a man in the street in broad daylight. Eyewitnesses said the victim was hacked to death, with some suggesting his attackers tried to behead him, before charging at police when they arrived on the scene in Woolwich, south east London. A local MP said the victim was believed to be a soldier. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Police activity close to the scene where a man was murdered in John Wilson Street, Woolwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. A major police operation was launched today after two suspected terrorists murdered a man in the street in broad daylight. Eyewitnesses said the victim was hacked to death, with some suggesting his attackers tried to behead him, before charging at police when they arrived on the scene in Woolwich, south east London. A local MP said the victim was believed to be a soldier. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

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The world was united in shock and sadness yesterday afternoon as the terrible events at an army barracks in Woolwich, southest London, unfolded.

Two young black males were shot by police after hacking what many believe was a young soldier to death in a suspected terrorist attack.

One of the pair was known to a banned Islamist organisation.

Now Mansfield and Ashfield MPs have joined prime minister David Cameron and other leaders in condemning the vile crime.

Mansfield MP Alan Meale described the incident as ‘shocking beyond belief.’

He added: “the people responsible must be brought to justice - I would like to congratulate the police and the antiterrorist unit for dealing with the matter and making the area safe.

“The job now is to make sure it does not happen again and take measures to ensure the safety of our armed forces in the UK. The biggest worry is that people will try and turn it into a political event.

“Some of the far-right parties are already trying to do that. What we need now is calm.

“This is a very strange thing and a one-off we hope. We have to examine what went on and the best people to do that are the intelligence services.”

Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero said: “Everyone is shocked by what has happened. It is a truly appalling act of terrorism. All of my thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim. Those who are responsible must now face the full force of British justice. Politicians of all parties must work together to ensure that happens”