Comic Relief opens with poignant tribute to victims of New Zealand terror attack

Comic Relief opened with a poignant tribute to the victims of the New Zealand terror attack.

Lenny Henry was the first guest introduced to the stage by hosts Emma Willis and Paddy McGuinness.

The comedy legend started the show on a sombre note as he remembered all those caught up in the atrocity in Christchurch.

He said: "Can I just say this moment how profoundly we share our everyone’s sorrow at the recent events in New Zealand.

"We send our condolences and respects to the families and stand shoulder-to-shoulder despite those who wish to do harm."

At least 49 people have been confirmed dead by New Zealand authorities after the country’s worst ever mass shooting unfolded at two mosques in Christchurch.

The buildings were packed with worshippers during Friday prayers when at least one gunman entered and opened fire, spraying bullets as people fled in terror.

The suspected gunman has been named as Australian national Brenton Tarrant .

He published a chilling white supremacy manifesto shortly before launching into the rampage.

It is not clear how many perpetrators were involved in the attacks at the two mosques.

New Zealand police said 41 people were killed at the Al Noor mosque in Deans Avenue, and seven at the Linwood Avenue mosque. One person died in hospital.

Reports claim children are among the dead.

A 28-year-old man has been charged with murder in connection with the attacks and is due in court later.

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