Statement in relation to tragic events in Manchester

23 May 2017 15:13 PM

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UPDATE: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 3.25pm

Emergency services and local authorities across the North East are committed to working together to reassure communities after the tragic events in Manchester yesterday.

Earlier this afternoon Northumbria Police's Assistant Chief Constable Darren Best chaired a meeting with emergency services and local authorities.

The meeting was held in response to events in Manchester last night (Monday May 23) to discuss the regions response and ensure effective measures are in place for upcoming events in the area.

On behalf of the group, ACC Darren Best said: "First of all on behalf of the North East we would like to extend our thoughts and condolences to all those who have affected by the events in Manchester.

"We are supporting our colleagues in Greater Manchester Police and have been working with families in the North East of four people who are currently missing following the attack and offering them support at this very difficult time.

"Greater Manchester Police are treating the incident as terrorism and we know this will quite rightly concern our communities and I would like to offer reassurance that all community safety partners are working together to protect our communities and help keep them safe.

"There is no place in our communities for terrorists who want to create discord, distrust and create fear. We all stand together with our communities across the North East and will not hesitate to take action against any criminal behaviour which seeks to undermine society, especially where crimes are motivated by hate."

Members of the public are reminded to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police or by calling the Anti-Hotline on 0800 789 321 or visit

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