Barrow woman living in New Zealand says terror attack was waiting to happen


A Barrow woman - now living in New Zealand - said the terror attack was a time bomb waiting to happen.


Tracey Clark emigrated with husband Paul and their two children in search of a better life a few years ago.

They have been shocked by the serious social problems in the country.
Forty-nine people have been killed and at least 20 wounded in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison described one alleged gunman, who had Australian citizenship, as an "extremist, right-wing" terrorist.

Tracey, 49, said: “The truth is that NZ is not the amazing place it likes to think of itself as."

“There is a great deal of casual racism and people here can be very closed minded in terms of all forms of bigotry."

“Racism, sexism, homophobia is rife."

“It's only recently that the government is making any attempt to address these serious social problems because the suicide statistics in NZ are shocking."

“This incident was a time bomb waiting to happen."

“Only a few weeks ago, my husband Paul got into a massive battle with a bunch of far right, anti immigration protesters in Auckland and he warned them that this level of racism, Islamophobia and hatred would only go one way...violence. And now we're here."

“We are shocked at the magnitude of it and our thoughts are with the families affected by this terrible attack."

“The country is reeling from its effects, but maybe this is the wake up call that NZ needs in order to take more seriously the growing right wing anti immigrant sentiment that we've been privy to.”

A man in his late twenties was charged with murder and will appear in court on Saturday morning, police confirmed.

Two other men and one woman were detained nearby and firearms seized, Police Commissioner Mike Bush said.

He said police had determined that one of the people detained was not involved in the incident, and officers were working to understand if the other two were connected.

The shooting was the deadliest in the country's history

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