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UPDATE: Tragic events in Manchester

The Council has lowered its flag to half-mast as a mark of solidarity and repsect for the victims of the tragic atrocity that occurred overnight in Manchester.

Below is a joint update from Leicestershire Police together with the Police and Crime Commissioner regarding the events in Manchester:

The terrible events that took place last night at the Manchester MEN Arena, in which at least 22 people died and scores more were injured, will have come as a terrible shock to the whole country.

Whilst the precise cause of the explosion remains unclear, it is being treated as a terrorist attack and we await further information, both from Greater Manchester Police, and from the Government’s emergency committee COBRA which meets later this morning.

At this stage, the threat level nationally remains severe – meaning that an attack remains “highly likely”.

The Manchester attack will have caused real concern and anxiety to our local communities, and in particular to those who operate entertainment venues. Our role, with your support, is to do all we can to reassure the public, to urge them to remain vigilant and alert to anything suspicious, and to help provide security advice to those who operate venues hosting public events.

There is a great deal of information on the Force’s website about how our communities can help us to combat terrorist activities, and we urge you to make your staff and / colleagues aware of this advice.

A gold meeting of senior police colleagues will be held later today at which we will evaluate the implications of last night’s attack and review the support we can provide to you and to all sections of our communities in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. That meeting will review how the Force deploys armed officers to crowded places. Should the Force decide on a change of tactics, we will advise you accordingly. We will also assess the list of public events that are scheduled to take place in the coming days and weeks in our area, and consider what further action we may need to take to ensure public safety at those events.

We do not want to alarm the public. However, we all have a responsibility to be aware of the threat, our responsibilities to keep one another safe, and to be alert and alive to anything which may seem suspicious.

Regards

Roger Bannister, Deputy Chief Constable and Lord Willy Bach, Police and Crime Commissioner, Leicestershire.

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