Convener pays tribute after Christchurch shootings

The convener of Shetland Islands Council has paid tribute after 49 people were killed and at least 20 wounded at a shooting in New Zealand.

Malcolm Bell has spoken of the “deep connections” between Shetland and New Zealand and called for “vigilance against hatred”.

It comes after terrorist attacks at two mosques in Christchurch.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, said it had been one of the country’s “darkest days”.

Mr Bell said: “Shetland has deep connections with New Zealand.

“Our thoughts are with those affected by the appalling events in Christchurch today, including the Muslim community in New Zealand and beyond.

“These mindless, evil attacks in places of worship are a reminder of the need for vigilance against hatred wherever it occurs.”


Add Your Comment

Add Your Comment

Please note, it is the policy of The Shetland Times to publish comments and letters from named individuals only. Both forename and surname are required.

Comments are moderated. Contributors must observe normal standards of decency and tolerance for the opinions of others.

The views expressed are those of contributors and not of The Shetland Times.

The Shetland Times reserves the right to decline or remove any contribution without notice or stating reason.

Comments are limited to 200 words but please email longer articles or letters to for consideration and include a daytime telephone number and your address. If emailing information in confidence please put "Not for publication" in both the subject line and at the top of the main message.

200 words left

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Get Latest News in Your Inbox

Join the The Shetland Times mailing list to get one daily email update at midday on what's happening in Shetland.