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Security stepped up at Midlands mosques following mass shootings in Christchurch

Emergency services outside one of the two mosques targeted in the attack in New Zealand. Credit: PA Images

Security is being stepped up at mosques in the Midlands following two mass shootings in New Zealand where at least 49 people have been killed.

Police have arrested three people in connection with the terror attack, charging one of them, a 28-year-old man with murder.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern it was “one of New Zealand’s darkest days”.

It has raised fears about the safety of mosques here in the Midlands.

The terrorist attack has raised fears about the safety of mosques in the Midlands. Credit: ITV Central

In a statement, Nottinghamshire Police said: "These attacks are being treated by the NZ government as terrorist incidents.

"There is no indication of any increased risk to UK communities, however we are stepping up visible reassurance patrols around our mosques and increasing engagement with communities of all faiths, giving advice on how people and places can protect themselves."

We are stepping up visible reassurance patrols around our mosques and increasing engagement with communities of all faiths, giving advice on how people and places can protect themselves.

– Nottinghamshire Police
  • The Imam at the Conduit St Mosque in Leicester told ITV Central he is worried that something of a similar scale could happen in this country:

Meanwhile, the Green Lane Mosque & Community Centre in Birmingham asked police for extra security during Friday prayers today (15 March).

In a statement they said: "We pray that God gives patience to their families through these difficult times and guides the people of New Zealand through this tragedy.

"For those that may be worried about attending Friday prayers at the Masjid today, GLMCC has contacted the police for additional security this Friday.

"We are expecting additional presence from them and the general message to the community is to stay calm but vigilant."

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  • The Imam of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Birmingham said they will be 'enhancing' their security and working with the police:
  • Worshippers in the Midlands are determined to show solidarity with the families of those who have died: