The anti hate-crime body West Midlands Together has condemned the New Zealand Mosque attacks and called for a united stance against hatred and evil.

The cross-party organisation's co-chair Anthea McIntyre, Conservative MEP for the West Midlands, said: "Events in New Zealand have demonstrated the sickening depths some fanatics will stoop to when they are driven by blind hatred and irrational fear.

"We at West Midlands Together stand with the good people of New Zealand in vowing that this poison must not take hold, this evil must not win."