Everyone at Cheshire Constabulary is continuing to come terms with the devastating events that took place in Manchester.
As you will have seen reported in the media, we know that an explosion occurred in the foyer of the Manchester Arena, Manchester at around 10.30pm following the conclusion of a pop concert. Many of the attendees were leaving, and this has tragically led to the death of 22 people, with a further 59 reportedly injured. Our thoughts are very much with all those affected by this terrible incident.
Greater Manchester Police believe the attacker detonated an improvised explosive device. Our colleagues in Manchester are treating the incident as an act of terror, and we know they are working tirelessly to establish the full circumstances around this horrifying attack. We have provided operational assistance and are co-operating with any other requests for support.
You may be understandably concerned, particularly given the proximity of the attack to Cheshire. However, I want to reassure you that there is no information to suggest there is a specific threat to Cheshire, and we are doing everything in our power to ensure nothing like this occurs here.
Over the coming days, you will see more officers on our streets. Please do not be alarmed by this – they are there to provide a visible presence and offer reassurance and, as our community partners, you may be contacted by your local officers who will address any concerns you may have.
A dedicated Casualty Bureau has been set up by Greater Manchester Police – the number to call is 0800 096 0095. I’d also ask you to remain vigilant and report any concerns immediately, either via the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789321 or, in an emergency, dial 999.
Further guidance is also available by visiting https://www.gov.uk/guidance/manchester-attack-may-2017-support-for-people-affected