Police Scotland say they will be stepping up patrols near mosques across the country following the Christchurch terror attack that killed 49 people.

In a statement, detectives said they are monitoring events in New Zealand and sent their condolences to those affected by the atrocity.

DCI Will Kerr said: "We are monitoring events in New Zealand and send our condolences to all those affected.

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"We benefit from having strong and cohesive communties in Scotland. We stand together with all our communities and partners here and overseas, and will continue to work with them to counter the threat no matter where it comes from.

"There is no intelligence to suggest there is any specific threat to Scotland."

DCI Kerr added: "Today we will be stepping reassurance patrols around mosques and and increasing engagement with communities of all faiths, giving advice on how people and places can protect themselves.

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"As ever we would urge the public to get in touch to report anything suspicious by calling the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency by calling 999."

A man is to appear in court following the mass shootings in the New Zealand city.