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No specific threat to Manchester says Chief Constable

In a statement following this afternoon’s tragic events in Westminster The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Ian Hopkins said:

“Our sympathies go out to all those affected by the serious events in London today.
“I want to assure the people of Greater Manchester that GMP and its partners will be reviewing all security in light of today’s incident.

“Although I think it is important to stress that there is no specific intelligence suggesting an imminent threat to Greater Manchester, we will continue to review our deployments and take all possible steps to keep people safe.

“It is also incredibly important at times like this that communities come together and support each other. Should anyone have any concerns or see anything suspicious I would urge them to report it immediately.”

Greater Manchester’s Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd said:

“The terrorist attack in Westminster is not just an assault at the heart of our democracy, but an assault on our way of life, and on those values which make our nation great.

“Our police and security services risk their lives every day to protect us and keep us safe and free. Sadly, one of those brave public servants has lost his life in the line of duty. Our thoughts are with the officer’s family, friends and colleagues, and our promise is that his sacrifice will not be forgotten.

“We also think of the others who have been killed and wounded in this dreadful act of terrorism. An attack on them is an attack on us all, and it will not stand.

“Those who think they can use fear, hatred, intimidation and murder to divide us are simply wrong. As a nation we are stronger than them, and in the face of terror they will only make us stronger still, and more determined to work together to build a future of hope.

“I have spoken with the Chief Constable, and Greater Manchester Police is working hard to keep our communities safe and provide visible reassurance.”

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