The city standard flying on top of Bristol City Hall will be lowered to half-mast today as a sign of respect following today’s terrorist attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Speaking in response to the attacks, Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “Our thoughts today are with the people of Christchurch and in particular the city’s Muslim community following the horrifying attacks on people at peaceful prayer.
“We are united in our continued belief in freedom, democracy and the right of communities to live together in peace. As a City of Sanctuary we wear these beliefs proudly and refute extremism in all its forms. I want to reassure all communities in Bristol that we will continue to work together to make our city a place where all are welcome and safe.
“Whilst the details of these attacks will shock and sadden in equal measure it’s important that we continue to respond calmly and peacefully. I would remind everyone to be alert but not afraid, reporting any security concerns to the police or the UK’s anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.”