CHRISTCHURCH residents have been writing messages of peace and love for people in the twin city of Christchurch, New Zealand, after the horrific shootings at two mosques.

Nearly 50 people are believed to have been killed in the shocking incidents.

Mayor of Christchurch, Cllr Lesley Dedman, has also sent official condolences.

She said: “The borough of Christchurch is deeply saddened by the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand. We share a strong affinity with Christchurch, New Zealand, despite the miles that divide our twinned towns.

“Personally, I would also like to offer support to Lianne Dalziel, the current Mayor. This is a very dark time for the City of Christchurch and her message to ensure that this dreadful attack unites, and doesn’t divide us, is echoed in her twinned town in the UK.”

Sincere and heartfelt condolences are being sent, by councillors and officers, to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives. As a mark of respect, the flag of Christchurch, New Zealand is being flown at half-mast outside the Civic Offices.

Messages written on heart and balloon-shaped cards are being left on the gates of The Priory in Christchurch.

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