On Monday morning, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council observed a nationwide one-minute silence for the victims of the terror attack in Reading.

The incident saw three people killed in a knife attack, while a suspect is currently being held by police under the Terrorism Act.

The minute silence was held at 10am with council leader Mohammed Khan OBE, Councillor Iftakhar Hussain and chief executive Denise Park issuing a joint statement.

They said: “We were shocked to hear the news on Saturday evening that what should have been a peaceful summer evening in a park in Reading turned to tragedy.

“There is no place in civilised society for such mindless acts of violence. We stand with the people of Reading to reject all acts of hatred.

“Across our own community, we are united in our sorrow and our sympathy for the three people who have lost their lives and those in hospital with serious injuries.

“We send our condolences to the families and friends of the victims and hold them in our thoughts."