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Surrey Police: '...such acts seek to divide... We must continue to stand together'

Surrey Police are calling for community cohesion and vigilance Photo:

Representatives from Surrey Police have praised their counterparts in Manchester for the way they have carried out the emergency operation following yesterday's bomb attack at Manchester Arena.

At the same time, Surrey Police have reiterated that while there is heightened awareness across the country, at present there is no current evidence of any specific threat to community safety in Surrey. However, they, like many other security forces are warning the public to be vigilant - and to report anything suspicious.

“My deepest sympathies are with the victims, their loved ones and all those affected by last night’s awful events in Manchester.

“This was a truly appalling attack which targeted innocent young people and families who were enjoying a night out at a pop concert.

“Such acts seek to divide our communities and create disharmony. We must continue to stand together to stop that from happening.

“The police and security services are working hard to tackle the threat of terrorism but I would urge everyone in the county to remain vigilant. If you have any suspicions or see anything that causes you concern - please don’t hesitate to report it to the authorities.”

– David Munro, Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey

“Many of us awoke this morning to the news of what is being treated as a terrorist attack at Manchester Arena last night.

“As details continue to emerge about what happened we offer our heartfelt sympathies to the victims, some of whom we now know to be children, and their families.

“Our thoughts are also with the community of Manchester and those affected across the region, and our emergency services colleagues who are undoubtedly working tirelessly to investigate what happened and to help all those affected by this tragic event.

"In light of yesterday's attack policing in the UK continues to operate at a heightened state against the backdrop of a ‘severe’ threat level, which has been in place since 2014, and means that an attack is highly likely.

“There is no current evidence of any specific threat to community safety in Surrey and policing across the county continues to operate as usual. "We urge the public to remain alert but not alarmed - our policing tactics and security measures are constantly reviewed and we, along with our partners, are working to ensure that the most appropriate security is in place.

“We ask the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity using the anti-terrorist hotline number 0800 789 321 or 999 in an emergency. "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."

– Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry, Surrey Police