Victims of 7/7 attacks remembered

Londoners have remembered those killed and injured in the July 7 2005 bombings as religious leaders pledged to take a stand against hate crime.

Wednesday marked the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks carried out by Islamic extremists on Tube trains and a bus which left 52 innocent people dead and more than 700 injured.

No official events were planned to commemorate the anniversary - a decision which upset some of those affected by the atrocities - although wreaths were laid on behalf of Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson at the Hyde Park memorial to the victims.

Leaders from the Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Sikh and Muslim faiths attended the launch of a Communities Preventing Hate campaign in north London and declared there was "no place in a harmonious society for factions who aim to divide and undermine". A joint statement pledged they were committed to promoting "a new sense of collective community responsibility" which has the power "to curb all manifestations and expressions of hate crime".

Many survivors and bereaved families marked the anniversary with private gatherings at the Hyde Park memorial and the sites of the four blasts. Graham Foulkes, whose 22-year-old son David was killed in the Edgware Road bombing, said he was "very disappointed" there was no official ceremony involving the Mayor of London and the Prime Minister.

"This was an attack against the country," he said. "I don't think any of us are saying we want this to become an annual major event, but I think on the fifth anniversary the least the Prime Minister could do is attend and lay a wreath. This was a national attack, and it's really disappointing. I know it's upset many people."

Mr Foulkes and his wife marked previous anniversaries by visiting their son's grave but this year met other families at Edgware Road. Transport for London organised private rooms and trained support staff for bereaved relatives and survivors near the sites of the three Tube bombings. The Hyde Park memorial, which was dedicated last year, was the focus for many people who laid floral tributes.

In a hand-written note attached to a wreath laid on behalf of the Government, Prime Minister David Cameron said: "In memory of the victims of terrorism in London on July 7 2005. They will never be forgotten."

Ken Livingstone, who was London mayor at the time, said it was "a day we will never forget". He added: "It was a day in which many people were caught up in an act of horrific criminal violence and a day when Londoners also demonstrated why this city is the greatest in the world. Londoners from all communities united against the appalling acts of terror and chose hope and humanity over division."

The inquests into the deaths of those killed in the 7/7 atrocities will finally be held at the Royal Courts of Justice in London this autumn.