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In the wake of the horrific terror attack in New Zealand overnight, Police Scotland have released the following statement.

DCC Will Kerr said, “We are monitoring events in New Zealand closely and send our condolences to all those affected.

“We benefit from having strong and cohesive communities in Scotland. We stand together with all our communities and partners here and overseas, and will continue to work with them to counter the threat no matter where it comes from.

“There is no intelligence to suggest there is any specific threat to Scotland.

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

“As ever we would urge the public to get in touch to report anything suspicious by calling the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency by calling 999.”