London terror attack: Londoners open homes to strangers amid acts of kindness after killings

'I have space and will come walk you from London Bridge to my house if you need me to,' one Twitter user writes

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People have been offering their homes to strangers after many became stranded following the London Bridge and Borough Market terror attacks.

Seven people were killed in the attack, after a van crashed into pedestrians in London Bridge before a number of stabbings in nearby Borough Market.

The entire area was closed down, with both London Bridge and Borough station were closed in the wake of the attack as well as Waterloo East, Charing Cross and Cannon Street. Bus routes in the area were also diverted.

Members of the public near the area reported being unable to get home.

But within moments of the attack, increasing numbers of people in the capital began offering to help anyone affected by the atrocity.

Friends Holly Robinson and Mary Lynch hosted a stranger, George Moss, after he was caught up in the London attacks and couldn't’t get home.

Ms Robinson posted her offer on Twitter: “I dunno who would need to but if anyone needs a place to crash, we have a spare bed and sofas in Vauxhall.”

She insists her actions were neither “interesting nor noble - it’s sharing what you have with those who need it”.

Medicine student Thomas Charles also offered help on Twitter, and tells The Independent he lives “quite close to London Bridge”. Hearing sirens go past his window made him feel helpless.

He says: “I offered the only thing I had!”

Two people responded to his offer. One of them managed to get back home, and another person’s husband had been stranded and was unreachable by phone.

“I've asked her to let me know when he gets home safely and I'll be messaging her later in the day to check in.”

Theresa May expressed her support for the quick response as well as for victims in a statement, and said: "I want to express my huge gratitude to the police and emergency services who are on the scene. Our thoughts are with those who are caught up in these dreadful events."

Ms Robinson's sentiments were shared by many, who also took to Twitter to offer up rooms in their houses for those stuck in the city, under the hashtag #sofaforlondon.

 

A young woman's appeal for help as her friend could not get home, was quickly answered. 

 

The Cereal Killer cafe in Brick Lane was also amongst many offering refuge, and encouraged people who were stranded to go to their residence. 

 

Another twitter user offered her home, and a home cooked meal to the stranded: “If anyone is stuck near #LondonBridge and wants a place to crash and a home cooked meal, then my house is only three mins away.”

Religious places of worship, including gurdwaras and mosques were also open, and those seeking food and shelter could go inside.

Jeremy Corbyn condemned the attack as “brutal and shocking”, and Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon said all her thoughts were "with all those affected."

The Prime Minister will be chairing a Cobra meeting about the attack later today. 

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