Sadiq Khan has condemned the shootings in New Zealand and says London “stands with” the people of Christchurch.

A total of Forty-nine people have been killed and at least 20 wounded in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

A man in his late twenties has been charged and will appear in court on Saturday morning, police have confirmed.

New Zealand Police Commissioner, Mike Bush, said two other men and one woman had been detained nearby.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “Heart-breaking news from New Zealand this morning where innocent people have been murdered because of their faith.

“London stands with the people of Christchurch in the face of this horrific terror attack. London will always celebrate the diversity that some seek to destroy.

“I want to reassure the Muslim communities in London. I have been in touch with the Met Police.

“There will be highly visible policing around mosques today, as well as armed response officers, as Londoners go to pray.”

Navin Shah, London Assembly for Brent and Harrow also tweeted: “As an elected member of Brent & Harrow & Trustee of Anti Racist Alliance Trust I convey our solidarity with the victims of terrorist attack in New Zealand.

“We condemn the carnage and pray for the victims and must continue to work 4 global peace & harmony.”