Following the tragic events in Manchester on the 22nd of May the Security Level has been raised to Critical. This means that an attack is expected imminently. Therefore we are contacting you to offer advice and guidance of how to protect yourselves, your employees and your business. However there is no information suggesting an imminent threat to our area at this time. We are taking all possible steps to keep people safe and to minimise the risk of a terrorist attack occurring in our force area.
You will no doubt have procedures already in place on how to deal with any suspicious circumstances or should an incident occur however please see the following links for further information.
If you see or hear something that could be vital information regarding a terrorist attack you can report this in confidence to the police. By working together with the police, staying alert and thinking about your safety and security at home or work or when you are out and about, together we can make it harder for terrorists to plan or carry out an attack.
There are several way you can report matters to the police. You can do this directly through your local force or by contacting the National Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or visit their website at www.act.campaign.gov.uk or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Alternatively you can report any material you find online that promotes terrorism or extremism via the government website www.gov.uk/report-terrorism or via the methods above.
However in an emergency situation always dial 999.
The easy-to-remember national guidance of Run, Hide, Tell, explains what people should do if they are confronted by terrorists. First ‘Run’ to a place of safety. This is a far better option than trying to surrender or negotiate. If there is nowhere to run then ‘hide’. It is better to hide than confront. Remember to turn your phone to silent and turn off vibrate. Barricade yourself in if you can. Then finally, and only when it is safe to do so, ‘tell’ by calling police on 999.