Updated advice from Northumbria Police

May 24, 2017 11:59 AM
Chief Constable Steve Ashman has now advised Newcastle City Council :
Last night the Prime Minister, Theresa May, announced the threat level was raised to CRITICAL - 'an attack maybe imminent'.
In response to this heightened threat the public will see an increased policing and security presence across the country and at key sites, such as train stations, sporting events and other crowded places. This increased security is to protect and reassure the public.
The number of officers on duty, both armed and unarmed has been increased significantly to provide a highly visible, reassuring presence. This will remain in place, both locally and nationally for as long as is necessary.
In some parts of the country the military will be deployed to provide visible protective security patrols, however there are NO plans at this stage for the military to be deployed in the North East.
There will however, be an increase in the numbers of Northumbria Police's armed officers on patrol.
Neighbourhood officers and community engagement teams will continue to work with local communities across the force to support them and provide reassurance.
The safety and security of our communities remains our priority and we are working with local partners, central government and security forces across the country to keep the public safe.
Officers from event planning teams and protective security experts will be working with event organisers to ensure that venues have appropriate security measures in place for upcoming events to ensure the safety of visitors.
We urge the public to remain alert but not alarmed.
Our security measures and activities are under constant review to ensure they meet any and all emerging threats.
At this time the public are asked to remain calm but alert. If you see anything that causes you concern, report it immediately to the police.
A webpage with advice for victims and those affected by the attack has gone live on gov.uk: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/manchester-attack-may-2017-support-for-people-affected
The latest guidance on recognising the terrorist threat and remaining vigilant can be accessed via www.nactso.gov.uk
We advise the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency the public should always call 999. For further information about reporting suspicious behaviour visit https://act.campaign.gov.uk/. If you get caught up in the rare event of a weapons attack we urge you to follow the Run, Hide, Tell advice.