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Thursday 25 May 2017, 2:25 PM

UPDATED 2.25pm, Thursday 25 May

Gloucestershire Constabulary is warning people not to make hoax bomb calls. 

ACC Julian Moss says there are consequences:

“We received two separate calls yesterday from telephone numbers in the Gloucestershire area of this nature.  We subsequently have arrested the people we believe are responsible.

“There are consequences to this kind of action and they are also a drain on resources at a time of intense pressure for our officers.  We are asking the public to help us by not making these types of nuisance calls and allow us to do our job of keeping you safe.

“However, if you do see something you genuinely believe to be suspicious, please dial 999 or report it through the anti-terror hotline on 0800 789 321.

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has sent us messages of support.  We are feeding these through to officers and staff and I can say on their behalf they are welcomed at this difficult time.”

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UPDATED 11.06am, Thursday 25 May

In response to the recent change in the threat level to critical, armed officers from Gloucestershire Constabulary will be seen out and about in our communities, primarily in Gloucester and Cheltenham.

This is not based on any change in intelligence or threat for the South West, but the decision has been taken instead to make firearms officers more deployable and visible to our communities. We think this is what the public would expect at this time.

Our priority is to provide as much reassurance to communities as possible but we do recognise that some may feel anxious. The firearms officers will be engaging and talking with people and we would actively encourage you to approach the officers and ask any questions they may have.

More advice on the situation, including how to talk to children can be found here

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UPDATED 4.24pm, Wednesday 24 May

Statement from Assistant Chief Constable Julian Moss:

We would like to assure the public that despite the heightened threat level at the present time, Gloucestershire Constabulary continues to offer a full service to everyone in the county. You can carry on contacting us in the normal manner to report any crime or incident and we will continue to provide a service to you in the way you would expect at any other time.

We will deal with incidents that are reported to us including those that threaten community cohesion. It is vitally important that each and every one of us in Gloucestershire do all we can to uphold our county’s proud tradition of tolerance and compassion, not least in the face of an appalling atrocity that is intended to create division and hatred. To this end we ask that any hate incidents are reported to us as soon as possible so we can investigate them and take the appropriate action. This includes comments you may see on social media that are likely to cause upset or anger. 

Working together as a united community we can ensure that tensions are kept in check at what we know if a difficult and concerning time for many people.

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UPDATED: 12.35pm, Wednesday 24 May

Following the change to the threat level last night, officers have been working through the night to assess the situation and the impact on Gloucestershire.

Chief Constable Rod Hansen says people should not be unnecessarily alarmed:

“As I am sure you are aware, last night the Prime Minister raised the threat level to critical.  This means experts have assessed the situation and they believe that not only does an attack remain highly likely but a further attack may be imminent. 

“As a result of this change, Operation Temperer was actioned which means the police service can ask for support from the military.  There has been some confusion this morning in the media about what that means.  To help clarify the situation, these are the facts:

  • Operation Temperer – the mobilisation plan for military support to the police service following a major terrorist attack - has been initiated.
  • Military personnel can be deployed alongside the police at nominated sites nationally to provide additional protective security.  This does not mean we will see military personnel deployed to the streets of Gloucestershire.
  • Nationally, any military personnel under this mobilisation will be under the command and control of the police service.
  • The change in personnel is to ensure that more police officers are available to be deployed.

“I’m sure you would expect us to do everything possible to prevent further atrocities from taking place and this is in line with that commitment.  We are continuing to review our plans and are working with the organisers of some high profile events to ensure a visible police presence across the county and everyone’s safety over the coming days and beyond.

“Terrorists want to create discord, distrust and fear.  We are asking the public to be alert but not alarmed.  However, we need our communities to help us defeat terrorism.  We depend on information from you to be our eyes and ears, in our efforts to keep us all safe.  If you are concerned, please dial 999 immediately or call the anti-terror hotline 0800 789321.

“Acts of terrorism and hate crimes are committed by a small minority of people and are not representative of the public. This is a time for us all to work closely together and unite against those who seek, through violence and extremism, to intimidate or cause fear.

“Finally, I want to again express my condolences to the families of the victims who lost their lives or those who suffered injury.  In response, we continue to see remarkable acts of humanity, courage and support.  I extend my sincere thanks to everyone involved in the operation so far and admire the officers and staff at Greater Manchester Police for their highly professional response.  Gloucestershire Constabulary is supporting the national effort and will continue to do so but please be reassured that our main focus is to keep the people of Gloucestershire safe.”

 

More advice on the situation, including how to talk to children can be found here

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UPDATED 1.06am Wednesday 24 May

Following the incident in Manchester last night, Gloucestershire Constabulary has been working with police colleagues and partners to fully establish the situation in Gloucestershire and the potential threat to the people who live, work or visit here.

ACC Gary Thompson says:

“We are responding to the national situation following the threat level being raised to critical which means we are making the necessary arrangements to ensure people living, working and visiting Gloucestershire are safe. 

“For operational reasons we can’t share the details of this, but please be assured we are drawing on all the necessary resources to allow our officers to do their job and keep you safe.

“Nationally, Operation Temperer has been actioned which means the police service can ask for support from the military.  Just to be clear, this does not necessarily mean you will see armed forces on the streets of Gloucestershire.

“We understand that people will be concerned about what’s happened and raising the threat level is likely to also increase worries.  However, it has been done because the security services need to ensure the public are vigilant. 

“You are our eyes and ears, in our efforts to keep us all safe.  If you are concerned, please dial 999 immediately or you can call the anti-terror hotline 0800 789321.”

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ISSUED: 11.28am Tuesday 23 May

Following the incident in Manchester last night, Gloucestershire Constabulary has been working with police colleagues and partners to fully establish the situation in Gloucestershire and the potential threat to the people who live, work or visit here.

ACC Julian Moss is leading the force’s response and says people shouldn’t worry:

“At this moment there is no information to indicate any direct threat to Gloucestershire and it is important people that go about their daily lives.  However, we are asking everyone to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity via the anti-terror hotline 0800 789321 or dial 999.

“We have offered support to Greater Manchester Police overnight and will be providing specialist resources to aid their response to the incident should they require it.”


Statement from Chief Constable Rod Hansen

“Our thoughts and condolences are with all those affected by the events in Manchester last night. Today, the flag at Police Headquarters is flying at half-mast as a sign of respect.

“Our support goes out to our colleagues in GMP during this very difficult and demanding time but we have absolute faith in them to uphold the finest traditions of their force and of British policing.

“As Chief Constable Ian Hopkins has said, terrorists attempt to disrupt our lives and create distrust and fear in communities. It is vital we stand together to ensure this doesn’t happen.”

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