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Muslim worshippers gather in Newcastle to pray for victims of New Zealand attack

Prayers have been said across the North East in memory of at least 49 people killed a terror attack in New Zealand.

Shootings took place at two mosques in the city of Christchurch, as people gathered for Friday prayers.

Here in the North East, the victims of the shootings have been remembered at faith services, including Muslims gathering at one of Newcastle's mosques.

Worshippers gather to pray for the victims of the New Zealand attack Credit: ITV News

“one of New Zealand’s darkest days...”

[the event was] an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence...”

– New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Worshippers at Newcastle Central Mosque say the pain and sorrow they feel following the attack in New Zealand 'is unmeasurable' and have asked for their followers on Facebook to "NOT share the videos/pictures from this tragic even as a mark of respect to the victims and their families".

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Muslims have gathered throughout the day to remember those killed and the loved ones affected by the attacks.

ITV Tyne Tees spoke to Imam Abdulbasith Mohammed at Newcastle Central Mosque earlier today. He said the community are deeply disturbed by what happened, regardless of how many thousands of miles away it was.

Elsewhere in the city, a single candle was lit in solidarity for the victims at Newcastle Cathedral. Today, Dean Geoff Miller said the actions in New Zealand were 'beyond human'.

Flags were flown at half-mast at Newcastle City Council buildings following news of the tragedy.

Labour council leader Nick Forbes released a statement, where he condemned the 'senseless violence'.

Flags were flown at half-mast today to remember the victims Credit: ITV News

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In a statement, Cleveland Police Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Roberts said the force is increasing patrols in areas of worship on Teesside.

We understand that there may be increased concerns amongst local residents and therefore we are increasing the visibility of our neighbourhood patrols today to offer reassurance to all of our communities, particularly in places of worship.

Acts of terrorism are committed by a small minority of people and are not representative of the public.

– Cleveland Police
Respects have been paid across the city of Newcastle today Credit: ITV News