Hertfordshire Constabulary urges residents to remain vigilant following Manchester terror attack

PUBLISHED: 13:33 23 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:42 23 May 2017

Armed police close to the Manchester Arena, the morning after a suicide bomber killed 22 people, including children, as an explosion tore through fans leaving a pop concert in Manchester. Photo credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Armed police close to the Manchester Arena, the morning after a suicide bomber killed 22 people, including children, as an explosion tore through fans leaving a pop concert in Manchester. Photo credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Policing operations for crowded places and public events are under the spotlight in Hertfordshire after a suicide bomber killed 22 people including children in Manchester last night.

A spokesperson for Hertfordshire Constabulary said: “Hertfordshire Constabulary would like to express its deepest condolences to the people of Manchester following last night’s attack on the city’s Manchester Arena.

“Our colleagues at Greater Manchester Police have worked tirelessly throughout the night, along with the other emergency services, to help support those affected by the incident and begin a full-scale investigation.

“Whilst there is currently no specific threat to the county, Hertfordshire Constabulary, in line with the rest of the police service across the UK, continues to work to protect and reassure our communities.

“Policing operations for crowded places and public events are being reviewed.

Chief constable Charlie Hall said: “On behalf of everyone in the constabulary I would like to send my sincere condolences to all of the victims and their families.

“My thoughts remain with everyone who has been affected by this deeply shocking act.

“I would once again encourage people to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity or behaviour to police straight away.”

Detective superintendent Glen Channer, head of the Eastern Counter Terrorism Intelligence Unit, said: “We have close policing partnerships across the UK and we will all be working together to respond in the aftermath of such a shocking and senseless attack.

“The security and intelligence services are dedicated to keeping people safe and communities can be confident that, together with our partners, eastern forces are continually working hard to safeguard the public.

“As always we rely on the support and co-operation of our public in the fight against terrorism and at this difficult time would remind people that they can report concerns or any suspicious activity they may witness to the confidential police hotline on 0800 789 321.

“We pay our deepest respects to those who have lost loved ones and everyone who was affected by last night’s attack.”

A helpline has been set up by Greater Manchester Police for those concerned about loved ones - please call the dedicated emergency number 0161 856 9400.

For more information about reporting suspicious activity and remaining alert to the terror threat, visit https://act.campaign.gov.uk/.

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