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North Yorkshire Police "steps up patrols" outside local mosques

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Published by Lizzy McEllan at 1:09pm 15th March 2019. (Updated at 1:14pm 15th March 2019)

North Yorkshire Police has issued a statement following the terror attack in New Zealand.

  • North Yorkshire Police says it has "stepped up patrols" outside local mosques following the terror attack in New Zealand
  • The force has called the attack "cowardly" and "terrible"
  • Members of the public are urged to report any suspicious behaviour

Commenting on the potential impact of the news on Muslim communities in North Yorkshire, Temporary Assistant Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police, Ciaron Irvine, said:

“Although it may be on the opposite side of the world, the impact of this terrible act of terrorism will be felt by people everywhere.

"As a police force our hearts go out to those who have been affected, their families and friends, and those in emergency services who are dealing with this aftermath of this cowardly attack.

“Here in North Yorkshire we have already been in touch with the mosques in our area to confirm that we will maintain a special focus on mosques and step up patrols in the vicinity as a reassurance measure.

“Meanwhile, I would like to take this opportunity to remind members of the public that everyone can help the police by being vigilant.

"If you see any suspicious activity you can call 999 or the police anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.”

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