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Leicestershire’s Chief calls for public vigilance following Manchester attack

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The Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police, Simon Cole, has urged the public to be vigilant following last night’s suspected terrorist attack at the MEN Arena in Manchester.

The cause of the explosion is being investigated, but it is being treated by the authorities as a terrorist attack. Simon Cole said:

Our thoughts are with the families of those who died and were injured in last night’s appalling and shocking incident. We are also thinking of our colleagues in Greater Manchester Police who, together with the other emergency services, ran towards danger to help the public. Although there is no specific threat to Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, it is important that we are all alert and aware of their surroundings. Together we can fight terrorism and make our communities safer. We want to hear from anyone who sees anything suspicious, be it a vehicle, package or person. Rely on your instinct about whether something is suspicious – we would always prefer you to call us if you are in any doubt. You can also call the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline - 0800 789 321. It is staffed around the clock by specialist counter-terrorism police officers and staff.

– The Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police, Simon Cole.

The force says any information passed to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline is treated in the strictest of confidence and is thoroughly analysed and researched before, and if, any police action is taken.

For further help and information, you can visit the forces website.

Family pay tribute to 'kindness of strangers' after man found dead in river

Sam Comber was originally from Leicestershire Credit: PA

Family and friends of a man recovered from a river have paid tribute to the dignity and compassion of those who found him.

39-year-old Sam Comber, originally from Leicestershire, was retrieved from the River Foyle in Northern Ireland on Saturday morning.

He had been living near the village of Newbuldings and his bicycle was found in a lay-by there earlier this month.

A social media post said:

The kindness of strangers was never as apparent as this week.

Thank you for bringing Sam home.

– Family of Sam Comber

The family also praised the search and rescue team's "dignity and compassion".

During the search, which lasted all day and into the night, a stranger brought his own boat to search the river.


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