Last night the prime minister announced the threat level had been raised to critical – this means an attack is expected imminently.
In response to this heightened threat the public will see an increased policing and security presence across the country and at key sites, such as train stations and other crowded places to help protect communities.
As a precautionary measure the number of officers on duty has been increased to provide a highly visible, reassurance presence – both armed and unarmed – both in the North East and across the country for as long as is needed.
In some parts of the country the military will be deployed however there are no plans at this stage for the military to be deployed in the North East however there will be an increase in Northumbria Police’s armed officers.
Neighbourhood officers and community engagement teams will continue to work with local communities across the force to offer reassurance.
The safety of our communities is our utmost importance and together with our partners we are working with central government and forces across the country to prevent and to protect the public from harm and will continue to do so.
At this time the public are asked to remain calm but alert. If you see anything that causes concern, report this to police immediately, anyone with suspicions about someone’s behaviour should report this to police.
Officers from event planning teams and protective security experts will be working with event organisers to ensure that venues have appropriate security measures in place for any upcoming events.
We urge the public to remain alert but not alarmed – police and our partners are doing everything we can to help protect the security of our citizens, public institutions, critical national infrastructure, and businesses and places;
Our security measures and activities are under constant review to reflect where the threats exist and the level of threat we are facing;
A webpage with advice for victims and those affected by the attack has gone live on gov.uk: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/manchester-attack-may-2017-support-for-people-affected
Information about the support available for people affected by the attack in Manchester on 22 May 2017.
The latest guidance on recognising the terrorist threat and remaining vigilant can be accessed via www.nactso.gov.uk
The National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) is a police unit that supports the ‘protect and prepare’ strands of the government’s counter terrorism strategy.
We advise the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency the public should always call 999. For further information about reporting suspicious behaviour visit https://act.campaign.gov.uk/.
If you get caught up in the rare event of a weapons attack we urge you to follow the Run, Hide, Tell advice.