Yellow Ribbons For Alice To Stay

Ealing's Council Leader promises not to remove them until the family request

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The communities of Ealing and Hanwell are trying to come to terms with news which broke over night that a body found in the River Brent is that of missing Alice Gross..

Local residents had united in their campaign to keep the 14-year-old's disappearance in the forefront of everyone's minds, putting up posters and covering the borough and beyond in a sea of yellow ribbons. Today the community is numb.

Many people have taken to social media channels including Facebook and twitter expressing their deep sadness and offering their thoughts and prayers to Alice's family - Jose, Rosalind and Nina.

Cllr Greg Stafford, Leader of the Conservative Group said: ''“We are deeply saddened to hear the outcome of the search for Alice. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.”

Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council said:

“The news that a body has been discovered in the River Brent is devastating. Although no formal identification has yet been made our heartfelt sympathy and thoughts are with Alice’s parents and sister during this difficult time.   

“Today is the day that everyone in our community has dreaded and the yellow ribbons flying across our borough show how deeply our community cares and has been affected. It is essential that anyone with information that can help the police’s investigation comes forward.

“On behalf of the community I would like to thank the police officers involved in the search for their dedication and perseverance.”

“As a sign of respect,  no ribbons will be removed until it has been discussed with Alice’s family.”

Local churches have been opening their doors for prayer, and quiet reflection and masses are being said for Alice and the the Gross family.




2nd October 2014