GRIEVING families of the July 7 terrorist attacks said they feel London is an unsafe place as they marked three years since the attack by four suicide bombers – including former Huddersfield teenager Jermaine Lindsay.
The anniversary was marked with tears and tension as commuters and survivors stood shoulder to shoulder with the families of victims yesterday morning.
Hundreds of people crowded into King’s Cross station to remember the 52 innocent people who were killed when four blasts ripped through London’s public transport network.
Bombs went off in three tube trains along with a bus in Tavistock Square where Huddersfield doctor Mohib Khan tended the dying and badly wounded.
The specialist in urology at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary was in a meeting at the BMA when the bomb was detonated – and said the sights he saw that day will stay with him forever.
He later won the Courage Award at the Examiner Community Awards in 2005.
All the bombers came from West Yorkshire and 19-year-old Lindsay was a former Rawthorpe High pupil.
He was living in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, with his wife and baby son at the time.
He detonated his rucksack bomb killing 26 passengers and injuring more than 340 on a Piccadilly Line train at Russell Square.
The gang leader – 30-year-old Mohammed Siddique Khan of Thornhill Lees – detonated his device on a Circle Line train shortly after it left Edgware Road station, killing six of his fellow passengers.
Tanweer Hussain, 18, from Beeston in Leeds exploded his bomb near Aldgate, killing seven others.
The fourth bomber, 18-year-old Hasib Hussain, also from Leeds, detonated a bomb and killed 13 people on the bus in Tavistock Square.
London mayor Boris Johnson joined Tessa Jowell, the Government minister for the capital and transport chiefs to lay flowers outside Kings Cross.
Relatives of victims and survivors made personal pilgrimages to the sites of the four blasts.
Relatives and friends of the victims gathered at the British Medical Association building at Upper Woburn Place to lay flowers and pay their respects in a garden shielded from public view by a row of hedges.
Graeme and Veronica Russell’s 28-year-old son, Philip, was killed on the number 30 bus as he made his way to work that day.
Philip’s family was told of his death four days after the event on July 11 – what should have been his 29th birthday.
His father said: “Anybody who loses a child is severely affected. It doesn’t go away – the pain is just deadened.”
Visitors to the memorial site placed flowers and cards beneath the plaque erected on a metal fence outside the BMA building on which was inscribed the names of the people killed on the bus.
Daniel Obachike, 34, from Finsbury Park, attended the King’s Cross event to pay tribute to his best friend, Christian Njoya Diawara Small, who died in the blast.
He said: “It was a low-key ceremony and there are many of us who believe more could have been done in the aftermath.
“I suppose it is of some consolation that figureheads have arrived to recognise us.’’
The Rev Kevin McGarhan, who assisted with the rescue efforts three years ago, said “the wounds of grief were still wide open”.
“Understandably there was a lot of tension today – but it’s so important that we do not allow the terrorists to win,’’ he said.
“There is a great deal of people across London and of all faiths who still feel unsafe, especially in the light of recent stabbings. It just goes to show that we should all put our efforts into supporting the security services.”