Police ask the Berwick community to come together

14 Jun 2017 08:30 AM

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Last week, our Berwick Neighbourhood Team received a report of malicious
communication in connection to a video on social media.

On receiving the report, which was made in good faith, Northumbria Police conducted an extensive investigation. Having worked with a translator to understand the content of the video, no evidence of terrorist-related or inflammatory material was found.

As a result, the 37 year old man who was arrested on suspicion of malicious
communication has been released without charge and will face no further action
relating to this matter.

We would like to reassure the public that the video or
those shown on it, posed no risk and made no threats to the community or the wider region. However following circulation of the video, retaliatory action was taken, including vandalism of a business premises on Golden Square.

We would ask the community to come together at this time and it is more important than ever that people report their concerns to police and not take the law into their own hands. We remain committed to helping people feel safe and secure as they go about their lives and we will swiftly deal with any tensions that may be triggered by the threat of terrorism.