Statement on New Zealand terror attacks
The Leaders of the four political groups on Brighton & Hove City Council have released a collective statement on the terror attack in New Zealand.
At the time of writing, forty-nine people have been killed and at least 20 have been wounded in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch. The shootings took place around the time people were attending for Friday prayers.
The statement says:
“We are deeply shocked and saddened by the acts of terror which have killed and injured so many innocent people whilst they worshiped.
“We send our sincere condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives, those who have been injured, and all affected. We also send our best wishes for a fast and full recovery to everyone who was injured.”
“We repeat our commitment to unity. We stand together; strong in compassion with people from all faiths and backgrounds. Division and hatred drives people into the ranks of those trying to recruit support to their terror campaigns. We will not let this happen."
As a sign of respect flags on council buildings in the city will fly at half-mast today and over the weekend.
- Councillor Dan Yates, Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council and Leader of the Labour and Co-operative Group
- Councillor Tony Janio, Leader of the Conservative Group
- Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty, Convenor of the Green Group
- Cllr Warren Morgan, Leader of The Independent Group
Reporting suspicious behaviour or activity
Co-operation between the public and the police is the greatest asset in tackling the challenge the UK faces from terrorism. Sussex Police and Brighton & Hove City Council are asking all residents and communities to remain aware and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity immediately by calling the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 or call 999 in an emergency.
You can also make a report on the Sussex Police website
Find out more on the GOV.UK Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) campaign website
Reporting hate incidents
One Voice members urge everyone to be aware and are encouraging residents and communities to report any racist, religiously motivated or other hate incidents within our communities.
Places of worship can also use the Counter Terrorism Police’s online training package ‘ACT Awareness eLearning’ for advice on Protective Security and how to react should the worst happen.
Please report hate incidents on the Safe in the City website
You can also get information on the Safe in the City website about preventing terrorism and extremism.