Since this article was originally published, the national threat level has been reduced to severe.
Following the devastating events in Manchester this week, Chief Executive of the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner, Martin Scoble, has released the following statement regarding the raised threat level to the UK:
“In light of Monday night’s tragic events in Manchester, you may be aware that the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) – the independent organisation that sets the threat level in this country – has raised our current national threat level from severe to critical, meaning that a further attack may be imminent.
“Throughout the week I have spoken directly to and received briefings from the Chief Constable and his senior Officers, who have assured me that Northamptonshire Police are responding effectively and proportionately to ensure that the county is as safe as possible at this challenging time.
“Northamptonshire Police have released a statement and I would like to echo the themes they have raised; namely that there is no specific threat to Northamptonshire but we must all remain vigilant. Additionally, you may have heard that the Armed Forces have been called upon to assist the Police. This is a very limited deployment at specific sites in London and other key static sites across the UK, however, none of these sites are in Northamptonshire.
“If you see anything that you think looks suspicious please report it immediately to Action Counter Terrorism on 0800 789 321.
“At times such as these we are reminded that there is more that joins us than divides us and our thoughts go to all those in Manchester and those men and women in our emergency services who do an incredible job. Following the events in Manchester there is potential for individuals to feel threatened and I would urge anybody who feels they have been physically or verbally abused because of who they are to call the Police on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
“On behalf of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Stephen Mold, I would like to thank our emergency services in Northamptonshire for all they are doing to ensure our safety at this current time.”