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Extra patrols near Surrey mosques following New Zealand attacks

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Published by Josh Kerr at 11:52am 15th March 2019. (Updated at 12:54pm 15th March 2019)

Police in Surrey are visiting mosques in the county to reassure communities after a terror attack in New Zealand.

49 people have been killed with dozens more injured in the incidents in Christchurch.

The country's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says it is one of her nation's darkest days.

Surrey Police say in the wake of the attack officers are carrying out "reassurance patrols" near local mosques, including in Woking, Camberley, Redhill and Reigate.

They say they will be talking to people of all faiths and none., to advise on how best to protect themselves.

Chief Superintendent Neil Honnor, Head of the Surrey and Sussex Joint Operations Command said: 

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

“Today in Surrey and Sussex we are stepping up reassurance patrols around mosques and increasing engagement with communities of all faiths, giving advice on how people and places can protect themselves.

“Places of worship can also use our online training package ‘ACT Awareness eLearning’ for advice on Protective Security and how to react should the worst happen.

"We also encourage everyone to be aware of our Run, Hide, Tell advice.

“We take all forms of extremism seriously and anyone with concerns about someone becoming radicalised can get advice and support through the PREVENT programme."

The force is urging people to remain vigilant, and that if you see or hear something suspicious, to report it via gov.uk/ACT, or 0800 789321, or in an emergency call 999.

Meanwhile, it is understood the attack was streamed online by one of the terrorists for 17 minutes from a helmet camera and officers are also asking people not to share any of the footage.

The force also joined other emergency services, local MPs and community figures in paying tribute to those affected.

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