Security has been increased and roadblocks erected around the Christchurch District Court (Canterbury region; South Island) during a high-profile court case taking place between Monday, August 24, and Thursday, August 27. Reports indicate that roadblocks have been set up on Lichfield and Tuam streets in order to control entry into the court compound.
A heightened security presence is to be expected in the vicinity of the court building in the coming days, along with localized disruptions to overland travel. Demonstrations in relation to the trial are also possible.
The trial taking place is for the Christchurch Mosque shooter, who attacked two Mosques during Friday Prayer on March 15, 2019. In the attack, 51 people were killed and at least 40 others were wounded.
Those in Christchurch are advised to avoid the area of the court, monitor the situation, allow additional travel time in the vicinity of the court, and heed all instructions issued by local authorities. Any large gatherings should be avoided as a precaution.
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