Statement on local response following Manchester attack

Cleveland Police Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Roberts said: “In common with several UK forces, Cleveland Police continues to provide practical support to colleagues in Manchester, with a number of officers deployed to the city.

“We know people here in Cleveland will be concerned following the attack in Manchester on Monday and, as people may have heard through the media, the national threat level has now been raised to ‘critical’.

“In order to reassure our communities, we will be increasing patrols and there will be an increased police presence at events being held in our area over coming days.

“Following careful assessment we are not asking, at this time, for any increased resources, such as military personnel, and accordingly the public may not see a particular difference to the nature of policing on our streets. The right officers will of course be in right place at the right time.

“Our neighbourhood and community engagement officers will continue to work closely with all sections of the public to offer reassurance and to remind them of measures we have in place to help protect them and keep them safe.

“Through all of this we must remember that communities defeat terrorism, which is why we must maintain the strong relationship we have in Cleveland between the police and those we serve. We depend on information from the public, who can be our eyes and ears, in our efforts to keep us all safe. 

“We also need to remember that acts of terrorism and hate crimes are committed by a small minority of people and are not representative of the public. This is a time for us all to work closely together and unite against those who seek, through violence and extremism, to intimidate or cause fear.

“Overall we would remind everyone to remain vigilant; and to be alert, not alarmed.  Suspicious activity should be reported to police via the 101 number or by calling the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.”