A MAN from Oldham has been arrested after he made a post on social media supporting a terror attack which killed 49 people in a New Zealand mosque.

Police became aware of the 24-year-old after he started to make comments referencing the shooting, which occurred in Christchurch on Friday.

A gunman identifying himself as an Australian live-streamed the rampage at Al Noor mosque to Facebook. He had espoused racist, anti-immigrant views.

Officers say they detained the Oldham man just before 2pm today on suspicion of sending malicious communications.

A GMP spokesman said: “This is a very difficult time for people. The events in New Zealand have reverberated around the world. Many people are in deep shock and are worried.

“It is at times like this that, as a community, we stand together.

“Where the law permits and people cross the line, we will take robust action, which may include arrest and prosecution.”