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Last Updated: Saturday, 16 July, 2005, 12:35 GMT 13:35 UK
Peace rally in bomber's home town
Bishop of Pontefract with Muslim men
The Bishop of Pontefract met Muslim men outside the town hall.
Around 300 people took part in a peace rally in the West Yorkshire home town of Mohammad Sidique Khan, one of the London bombers.

The event in Dewsbury was attended by leaders of the local Muslim and Christian communities.

The Bishop of Pontefract Tony Robinson said: "We can't let people put wedges between our communities."

Khan lived in Lees Holm, Dewsbury, with his wife and young daughter and worked at Hillside Primary School in Leeds.

The local Labour MP, Sahahid Malik, urged the residents of Dewsbury not to be divided by the London bombings.

The healing process has to begin at some point and maybe today's rally is a start for the people of Dewsbury
Margaret Smith

He added: "The choice facing us now is a stark one. We have reached a dangerous crossroads. The route we choose will be a defining moment."

People attending the rally said they wanted to express their sympathy to the victims.

Peter Smith, 68, a retired university lecturer said: "It was a small but important rally.

"It may have been a gesture to the victim's families but I hope it sends out the message the people of Dewsbury are horrified and united in their condemnation of the bombings."

His wife Margaret, 70, added: "I am still in a state of disbelief. It's hard to understand why someone from Dewsbury would want to travel down to London and cause such misery.

"The healing process has to begin at some point and maybe today's rally is a start for the people of Dewsbury."


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