The below message is sent on behalf of the Chief Constable Andy Marsh, following the events in Manchester last evening.
This was a tragic event and our hearts go out to the loved ones of those who were killed and injured.
The sustained and determined threat of terrorism casts a shadow across all our communities and our priority is to reassure them that we’re doing everything we can to keep them safe.
Prior to this appalling incident, plans were already in hand to review our local security arrangements for venues and crowded places.
We have rigorous major incident plans in place which are regularly tested and reviewed during exercises with partner agencies such as ambulance, health and fire to ensure we are as prepared as we possibly can be.
At times like these it’s more important than ever that we stand together as a community and unite against this kind of horrific attack.