Following the devastating events in Manchester, Chief Executive of the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner, Martin Scoble, has released the following update regarding the threat level to the UK:
“In light of the events in Manchester on Monday, 22nd May, the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) – the independent organisation that sets the threat level in this country – raised our current national threat level from severe to critical, meaning that a further attack may have been imminent. However, following extensive police work across the UK, this has since been reduced back to severe.
“Having spoken with the Chief Officer Team from Northamptonshire Police, I am reassured that the Force are continuing to carry out visible patrols, with an emphasis on patrolling crowded places, transport hubs and large events, as well as supporting communities which may feel in danger of suffering abuse and hate crimes.
“The past week has seen a rise in the number of hate crimes reported to Northamptonshire Police and I would urge people to report any incident where they feel their safety has been threatened to the Police, by calling 101 or to Crimestoppers, by calling 0800 555111. People can also report a crime online via True Vision.
“Despite the national threat level having been reduced, the UK is still considered to be under severe threat and it is vital people continue to remain vigilant and report anything they consider to be suspicious to the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321, or in an emergency, call 999.
“I would like to thank Officers and staff at Northamptonshire Police for their continued hard work, both on patrol and behind the scenes, aimed at keeping the people of the county safe. I would also like to thank residents and communities for their understanding at this time, and for their continued co-operation.”