Statement from Cleveland Police regarding public reassurance

Assistant Chief Constable Jason Harwin said: “Like me you will have watched with horror the coverage of the terrorist outrages in Manchester and London. The stories of those caught up in this mindless destruction are truly heart-breaking; but as strong as our pain is, our resolve not to bow or break is stronger.

“We are resolute and continue to provide officers to support colleagues in other parts of the country as they deal with the aftermath of these attacks. In our own area we continue to do our part. In this election week we know people will be concerned and we’ll have patrols of both armed and unarmed officers out during the coming days; including when we go to the polls on Thursday.

“We are doing this not because we face a specific threat, but because it is right to offer reassurance at this difficult time. As a community we should continue to be vigilant, that is only appropriate, but we must not be fearful. We should be alert but not alarmed. Suspicious activity should be reported to us or to the anti-terrorism hotline on 0800 789 321.”