Statement on New Zealand shootings
Councillor Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council has expressed deepest sympathy on behalf of all citizens of Wakefield to the families and friends of the people killed in the attacks in New Zealand today.
He said that Wakefield stands united with the people of New Zealand and that this must not be allowed to undermine good community relations among diverse cultures.
"All of us in Wakefield, across different faiths or backgrounds, share in the shock and outrage at the events in New Zealand. Events like this make us more determined to continue to work together to develop a community where everyone feels valued and cared for.
"We must ensure that such atrocities do not undermine this or divide us. We value the openness and tolerance we have developed in our society and are proud of the good relationships we have built up between all communities here in Wakefield."