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Last Updated: Saturday, 23 July, 2005, 15:35 GMT 16:35 UK
Residents join in march for peace
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People living in parts of Leeds that have been in the spotlight since the 7 July bombings in London have held a peace march through the city.

On Saturday hundreds of people from Beeston and Harehill, where two off the bombers lived, set off from their homes and marched to Millennium Square.

The march was organised by the Faith Together in Leeds 11 group to show that the community remained united.

Police have searched properties in Leeds and Dewsbury since the attacks.

Sadness and solidarity

Muserat Sujawal, one of the organisers, said: ""Beeston is together.

"We strongly believe there is a sense of community cohesion across Beeston, and the events of recent weeks have only made this stronger."

He added that the march intended to "express the unity of the local community, their shared sense of sadness about the London Bombings and solidarity."

Residents from all over the city joined the peace marchers in Millennium Square to show their support.

Faith Together in Leeds 11 is a partnership of representatives from Christian churches, and Muslim and community organisations, which came together in 1997 to promote regeneration in the Leeds 11 postcode.

Supt Peter Nicholson, from West Yorkshire Police, praised the way residents carried out the march.

He said: "Whilst the local people continue to face many challenges with the world's media looking to Leeds for answers, they have remained calm and behaved in a sensible and responsible manner.

"Many pictures have been painted of Beeston, but what I have seen is a community that has pulled together to offer support and unity.

"I urge this to continue, let's show people a true reflection of our community."


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