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Dorset Police: "Keep an eye out for anything that doesn’t seem to fit with day-to-day life"

Although we have no information to suggest any specific additional risk to Dorset, we would urge the public to keep alert and not alarmed, and to support us in keeping our region safe by keeping an eye out for anything that seems out of place, unusual or doesn’t seem to fit with day-to-day life. If anyone sees anything suspicious that they believe may be related to terrorism, they can report this to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789321 or call 999.

It is important to stress that Operation Temperer and the raising of the threat level are both nationally agreed and affect the whole country, they are not specific to Dorset. We will continue to work with our police and security colleagues across the country, as well as with the military and our local partners, to do all we can to keep the public safe.”

– Deputy Chief Constable James Vaughan

Hampshire Police: We will "take all possible steps to keep people safe"

I would like to reassure you that the move to critical is something that we prepare for. We will continually review our deployments and take all possible steps to keep people safe within Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

At this time we need everyone to remain alert but not alarmed. We need your help to help us protect our communities and disrupt those who seek to harm us. I would urge you to contact the police straight away if you believe that someone is acting suspiciously.

Our officers and staff will continue to provide a visible presence in our communities and we have the specialist resources in place to respond in an emergency.”

– Chief Superintendent Lucy Hutson

Thames Valley Police: We will "take all possible steps to keep people safe"

Last night the Prime Minister confirmed that the national terrorist threat has been raised to critical.

At this time there is no intelligence to suggest a specific threat to the Thames Valley.

Our priority is to protect the communities of the Thames Valley and visitors to our area. Overnight we have put in place additional armed and unarmed officers at key locations. This is very much focused on crowded places, including transport hubs and shopping centres.

Do not be alarmed if you see more armed police officers both on foot and in vehicles. For operational reasons we are not confirming details of locations, tactics and numbers of police officers on duty to ensure the effectiveness of our deployments.

We will continue to work with our partners and event organisers to assess the planned events where we may need to enhance our presence.

– Thames Valley Police

I would like to reassure you that the move to critical is something that we prepare for. We will continually review our deployments and take all possible steps to keep people safe within Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.

At this time we need everyone to remain alert but not alarmed. We need your help to help us protect our communities and disrupt those who seek to harm us. I would urge you to contact the police straight away if you believe that someone is acting suspiciously.

Our officers and staff will continue to provide a visible presence in our communities and we have the specialist resources in place to respond in an emergency.”

– Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell

Wiltshire Police: "Remain alert but not alarmed"

On Tuesday 23rd May, the decision was taken by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) to raise the national threat level to "critical". This means that an attack remains highly likely but also that a further attack may be imminent.

As part of the response to this, Military personnel will be deployed to backfill police officers at key locations across the country.

The thoughts of everyone at Wiltshire Police remain with those affected following the horrific events in Manchester on Monday evening.

There is no known specific threat to Wiltshire and the South West region at this time and it is unlikely that our communities will see a military presence on the streets.

The most important message is for the public to remain alert but not alarmed – police nationally and locally along with our partners, are doing everything we can to help protect the security of our citizens, public institutions, critical national infrastructure, and businesses and places.

Communities defeat terrorism, which is why we must maintain the strong relationship between the public and police. We depend on information from the public, who can be our eyes and ears, in our efforts to keep us all safe.

Our security measures and activities are under constant review and we will keep communities updated.

We advise the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency the public should always call 999. "

– ACC Kier Pritchard

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Thousands of patients 'in limbo' as GP surgery to close

Five thousand patients at a surgery in Kent have been told the centre is to close.

The Folkestone East Family Practice says it's struggling to recruit new GPs and will shut in November. The move has angered patients who say they've been left in limbo.

NHS managers say they're trying to make alternative arrangements for patients.

Sandra Cannadine, patient:

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