Reaction to Manchester arena terror attack

The latest reaction from the East to the terror attack at a concert in Manchester on Monday night. Police forces have issued guidelines and warnings.

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Police see rise in hate crimes after Manchester attack

Northamptonshire Police HQ. Credit: ITV News Anglia

There's been a rise in the number of hate crimes being reported in Northamptonshire since last week's terror attack in Manchester, according to the county's police force.

Officers say they're monitoring the situation and have urged people to keep coming forward if they're targeted.

They've also confirmed that they'll continue to be on patrol at large events this weekend.

Over the next few days, we will be continuing our focus on patrolling crowded places, religious establishments, transport hubs and large events, and in those communities which may feel more vulnerable.

We have seen a rise in the number of hate crimes and incidents reported to us over the past week and we are continuing to monitor this. We want people to feel confident in reporting incidents where they or others have been targeted because of who they are or what they believe in.

– Chief Inspector Lara Alexander-Lloyd, Northamptonshire Police

Armed police board the region's trains amid terror fears

Armed officers will become a more familiar sight on the region's trains. Credit: British Transport Police.

Armed police are to patrol the region's trains for the first time, following the increase in the UK's terror threat level.

British Transport Police said officers would be deployed from this afternoon (Thursday) to ensure the public was kept safe on the rail network.

A spokesman said travellers should feel comforted by their presence and urged passengers to speak to them if they had any worries.

The move follows the government's decision to increase the terror threat level to critical following Monday's suicide bombing at a music concert in Manchester.

"Since the devastating events in Manchester on Monday evening, our force has radically increased the presence of our officers nationwide.

“By having firearms officers on board trains we’re ensuring that trains remain as safe as possible for passengers. Our patrols will be highly visible and passengers should feel comforted by their presence. Please do speak to them if you have any concerns at all.

“It is important to note that we do not have any specific intelligence in relation to train services but are taking this action to ensure we can protect and reassure the public.”

– Paul Crowther, Chief Constable, British Transport Police.


Anglia region remembers Manchester terror victims in one minute's silence

Communities across the region observed the national one minute's silence this morning to remember the victims of the Manchester terror attack.

This was the scene in Cambridge, Ipswich, Norwich and Peterborough.

If you have images or video from silences elsewhere in the region, send them to

Sisters talk about their Manchester terror nightmare

  • Video report by ITV News Anglia report Russell Hookey

Two sisters from Northamptonshire have been talking about being caught up in the terror attack at Manchester Arena.

17-year-old Brook Page and her 11-year-old sister Adele, from Milton Malsor, were at the Ariana Grande concert where a suicide bomber murdered 22 people and injured dozens more.

They've spoken about how they escaped from the venue and the support they're getting now to help them come to terms with what they've been through.

Armed officers at Milton Keynes station

  • Video report by ITV News Anglia reporter Matthew Hudson

Armed police have been on duty at Milton Keynes station as security is stepped up after the suicide bomb in Manchester.


Armed police on the region's streets

  • Video report by ITV News Anglia reporter Natalie Gray

There has been an immediate reaction in our region to Britain's terror alert rising to critical. Armed police have been seen on streets, at stations and in shopping centres following the suicide bombing in Manchester.

But the Chief Constable of Norfolk says rather than be afraid people should feel reassured by the increased police presence. And for anyone considering missing out on the big events across our region this summer he says still go - otherwise the terrorists have won.

RAF Freedom parade postponed

Credit: PA

An RAF freedom parade through the streets of Stamford in has been postponed on the advice of police following the Manchester terror attack.

Personnel from RAF Wittering were due to exercise their freedom of the Lincolnshire town on Thursday May 25th.

Station spokesman Ed Palmer said: "In consultation with Lincolnshire Police and in line with national police guidelines, RAF wittering has reluctantly decided to postpone the parade marking the freedom of Stamford tomorrow.

“Although we are not aware of any specific threat to Stamford or RAF Wittering, we believe it would be more appropriate to hold the parade at a later date.

"RAF Wittering apologises for any disappointment and thanks the people of Stamford and all the nearby communities for their continuing support."

Peace vigil in Luton shows solidarity with Manchester terror victims

People have gathered in the centre of Luton for this evening's peace vigil in solidarity with the victims of Manchester's terror attack.

The Bedfordshire town was among a number a places around the region to organise events to show support for the city where 22 people - including a number of children - were killed at a music concert last night.

People attending the vigil in Luton this evening. Credit: ITV News Anglia.
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