Manchester Terror Attack: South Yorkshire faith leaders call for 'communities to come together' in wake of terror attack

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Faith leaders across South Yorkshire have called for communities to come together in the wake of the terror attack in Manchester which killed 22 people and left dozens injured.

They said they are sending their 'deepest sympathy and condolences' to the family and friends of the people who died and their thoughts are with the dozens of people injured.

In a joint statement, faith leaders and representatives from across South Yorkshire said: "“The Faith leaders and representatives of South Yorkshire send their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families and friends of the people who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena attack.

"Our thoughts go out to those who have been injured, we hold you in our thoughts and prayers.

"Our heartfelt appreciation to the bravery of the emergency services for their efforts in saving people’s lives and assisting those injured.

"At this time the need to come together, to let each other know you are safe or to be close to those you love is the most important thing of all.

"Now is the time for communities to come together and show that such attacks cannot overcome our care and compassion for each other."

It has been signed by church and faith leaders including Bishop Peter Burrows, the Bishop of Doncaster; Mohammed Qari Ismail, chairman of the South Yorkshire Federation of Mosques; Patsy Cunningham, from the Sheffield and District Reform Jewish Congregation: Ahmed Al-Hidabi, from Muslim Association of Britain (South Yorkshire) and Tim Ellis, the assistant bishop in the Diocese of Sheffield and chairmain of Sheffield Faiths Together.

Books of condolence are being opened across South Yorkshire.

A prayer station is being set up in Sheffield Cathedral with opportunities for people to light candles. A book of condolence has been opened in the Town Hall.

Rotherham Minster has set up the Jesus Chapel as a place of prayer. A book of condolence has also been opened within the chapel.

Doncaster Minster has also set up a condolence book. Prayers will also be said and there is space to light candles.

Many other churches across South Yorkshire are offering things.