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Lancashire police reassure after New Zealand terror attack

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Published by Alice Sofield at 10:40am 15th March 2019 (Updated 10:51am 15th March 2019)

49 people are known to have been killed after shootings at two mosques in New Zealand.

39 people are seriously injured in hospital.

Three men and a woman have been arrested in Christchurch following the pre-planned terror attack.

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush says one man has been charged with murder and is due in court tomorrow. 

New Zealand's national security threat level has been raised from low to high.

Lancashire police have issued a statement about the attack. 

Deputy Chief Constable Sunita Gamblin, of Lancashire Police, said:

“Our thoughts are with all of those affected by the tragic events in Christchurch, New Zealand.

“We recognise that incidents such as these can cause significant concern within our communities. However we would like to reassure the public that there is currently no intelligence to suggest a credible threat within Lancashire, but we have stepped up patrols in key locations across the county as a precaution and will continue to engage with all of our communities, including visiting mosques across the county, to offer them further reassurance.

“We will also be encouraging local faith and community networks to demonstrate that in Lancashire we are tolerant, proud and protective of all our diverse communities, and that we will not allow terrorists to create discord, distrust and fear among us.

“We stand together with our Muslim communities and all those shocked and horrified by this terrorist attack in New Zealand.

“I would also like to stress that we take hate crime very seriously and, as always, would encourage anyone who feels they have been subjected to hate crime of any sort to report it to the police.

“We work closely with our partners and community organisations as well as our support networks to understand the impact of all forms of hate crime and are continually striving to improve our service.”

For more information about hate crime and reporting hate crime click here.

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