South Shields flies rainbow flag for Orlando shooting victims

Respect was paid to victims of the Orlando shooting as the rainbow flag was hoisted in South Shields.

The colourful flag, which represents the LGBT community, was flown at half mast outside South Shields Town Hall, in Westoe Road.

Rainbow Flag half mast at South Shields Town Hall

Rainbow Flag half mast at South Shields Town Hall

The shooting at the weekend, in gay nightclub Pulse, in Orlando, Florida, was the worst mass shooting in US history.

49 people were killed by gunman Omar Mateen and a further 53 people were wounded. Six remain in a critical condition.

This video of the rainbow flag was captured by South Shields film-making company Unified Media.

Jon Burton, from the company, said: "It's great of the council to do it. Makes you proud to be from this little town of ours."

Rainbow Flag half mast at South Shields Town Hall

Rainbow Flag half mast at South Shields Town Hall

The wife of the gunman could face charges in connection with the attack, according to reports.

Prosecutors have convened a grand jury to investigate Noor Salman, sources quoted by Fox News and Reuters say.

She is reported to have told police she tried to talk her husband out of attacking the Pulse nightclub.

Prosecutors quoted by Fox News said they were seeking to charge Noor Salman as an accessory to 49 counts of murder and 53 counts of attempted murder, as well as with failure to warn authorities about the impending attack.

It was possible that Mateen had called his wife from inside the club while the killings were taking place, Fox quoted a source as saying.

Although Ms Salman has been questioned since the attack early on Sunday, she has not been arrested.