At the entrance to Didsbury mosque in south Manchester, roses, lilies and tulips lay clustered around a collection of cards.
The mosque had been attended by Salman Abedi — the bomber who killed 22 people, including children, at an Ariana Grande concert in the city last month. As a result, it had been portrayed by the press as a gateway to terror and placed under police protection after receiving a series of threatening messages.
But the cards carried a different sort of communication: offers of support from the community surrounding the mosque. "We hope you know British Christians stand with you ..." read one. "These terrible events won't divide us, they should make us closer" read another.