PORTSMOUTH’S Lord Mayor has written to the people of Norway following the mass murder of 76 people.
Cllr Cheryl Buggy sent a letter to the mayor of Oslo, Fabian Stang, on behalf of the councillors and citizens of Portsmouth.
She paid tribute to the lives lost in a bomb attack in Norway’s capital followed by a shooting spree at an island youth camp on Friday.
Cllr Buggy said: ‘I wrote it primarily as a mother rather than the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth; so many children were killed.
‘At times like this it is important to show a sense of solidarity.
‘When you hear the news, you greet it with a sense of shock and disbelief.
‘In that situation there is absolutely nothing you can do apart from what we have done as a city by letting them know our thoughts are with them.
‘Letters will be making their way from all over the world and will show there are good people out there.
‘I think the feeling of solidarity and the caring thoughts will bring some form of comfort.’
The Norwegian flag was flown at half-mast yesterday morning outside Portsmouth Guildhall and will stay there for the rest of the week.
Meanwhile, in Norway, 32-year-old gunman Anders Breivik has appeared in court facing terrorism charges.