Ruth Dombey has joined other council leaders who have recently spoken out about the 'injustice of racism' in response to George Floyd's death.

George Floyd, 46, was killed by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Monday, May 25.

Footage of his death in police custody sparked outrage in the US and around the world.

Council leader, Ruth Dombey, says she has since been contacted by black, asian and ethnic minority ethnic communities, to talk about their experience dealing with racism growing up in Sutton.

Ruth Dombey said: "It is right we recognise the tragedy and the forever-changed lives of the friends and family of George.

"The event also serves as a stark reminder of the importance of the relationship between ourselves and the officers who police our communities and enforce our laws.

"In this country, we use the model of policing by consent and it serves us well.

"But we cannot be complacent, and experience tells us that we must always remain vigilant.

"In times such as these, it is important for us to reflect both as individuals, and in our communities, about the injustice of racism and the impact it has locally, nationally and globally.

"We should ask ourselves what more we can do to oppose and eradicate it wherever we see it rear its ugly head.

"In Sutton, we value and support our diverse community.

"We celebrate the increasing diversity and the richness that it brings.

"Whether you are of black, minority ethnic or of any other heritage, Sutton is a great place to live, work and raise a family.

"Here in Sutton, community, faith, voluntary and public and private organisations work together to help ensure we are one of the safest and most tolerant places in London.

"I hope everyone in Sutton will join me to mark or reflect on this moment, in the way they find most appropriate.

"As Leader of Sutton Council, I will continue to do all I can, to champion all of those, from every community, who are proud to call this their home."