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Archbishop hears of 7 July shock
Archbishop John Sentamu
Archbishop Sentamu was making his first visit to Leeds
The Archbishop of York has visited the area in Leeds where three of the 7 July London bombers lived or worked, and has praised people for pulling together.

Dr John Sentamu heard of people's shock at discovering two bombers lived in the area and alleged ringleader Mohammad Sidique Khan worked in a local school.

He said the intense media spotlight had been a massive challenge.

He told community leaders: "The message here is almost, 'Please world, leave us alone - we're getting on with it'."

First visit

He said he hoped his visit would help bring down any remaining barriers between sections of the community but urged anyone with suspicions in future to go to the police.

Local councillor Mohammed Iqbal said: "Everybody is working together and it's a stronger community than ever before now."

It was the Archbishop's first official visit to the city since his recent enthronement.

His itinerary also included visits to a Christian youth project in Beeston, a tour of the St George's Crypt homeless hostel, a Sikh temple and a construction site.

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