Nottinghamshire Police’s Chief Constable Craig Guildford has issued this statement after the shooting in New Zealand.
The Chief Constable said:
‘We are monitoring events in New Zealand closely and send our sincere condolences to all those affected.
‘We stand together with our Muslim communities and all those shocked and horrified by this terrorist attack in New Zealand.
‘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.
‘I restate my approach to any incident of hate crime which will be met with a very direct response from the police.
‘Special Branch has already spoken to the local community across Nottinghamshire and confirmed there will be visible uniform presence at all mosques today.
‘In line with the national messages, put out by the National Policing lead for Counter Terrorism, we take all forms of extremism seriously and anyone with concerns about someone becoming radicalised can get advice and support through the PREVENT programme at www.TLAI.info
‘I’ve spoken to a number of local contacts before Friday prayers this morning to express my solidarity and support at this sad time.’