Derby City Council stands strong with the people of Derby in condemning the atrocities that were witnessed in New Zealand. We urge people to remain united within Derby’s communities.

Leader of the Council Councillor Chris Poulter said:

“The tragic events we witnessed overnight in New Zealand were an act of hatred and terror that sought to divide communities. Our deepest condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected. We do not tolerate or condone these acts of hatred. At this time, it is more important than ever that we share messages of peace, unity and humanity.

“We will be liaising with the Police about what steps can be taken to provide reassurance to local communities.”

As ever, we are committed to tackling anti-Muslim hatred and all forms of extremism, so please encourage communities to continue reporting this through the police – call 999 in an emergency or 101 for a non-emergency, through the dedicated police hate crime reporting site True Vision, or via a third party reporting centre such as Stop Hate UK or Tell Mama

We are holding a Challenging Hate and Islamophobia community event on Sunday 31 March, 2.00pm – 4.00pm at the Pakistani Community Centre and would urge you to come along and share any concerns you have with Police and Council leaders.