Police warn people to 'remain vigilant' following Manchester explosion

PUBLISHED: 10:41 23 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:41 23 May 2017

Armed police at Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Armed police at Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Devon and Cornwall Police said there is 'no specific evidence' to suggest any local threats, but it urged people to remain vigilant following explosion in Manchester.

Police have warned people in Devon to remain vigilant following a suspected terror attack in Manchester last night (Monday).

A statement from Devon and Cornwall Police said there was no specific intelligence to suggest any additional threat local to Devon and Cornwall or any risk to our communities locally.

However the threat level for the whole country remains severe.

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said: “The tragic events in Manchester are a timely reminder of the need to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity you may see.

“Although we have no information to suggest any specific risk to Devon, Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly, I would ask the public to keep alert and not alarmed, and to support us in keeping our region safe.

“If anyone sees anything suspicious relating to terrorism, they can report this to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789321.

“The impact of last night’s events will be felt for some time and our condolences go to the families and friends of those who have died as well as those who have been injured as a result of the attack.

“Devon and Cornwall Police officers and staff are always aware of the dangers of such attacks, they remain thankfully rare.

“Local people may see some increased patrols locally and might also see a more overt armed presence from officers. I would ask the public not to be fearful of this, but to feel more secure that steps are being taken to ensure their safety.

“Devon and Cornwall Police stand with the Greater Manchester Police and other forces across the country. We must not allow attacks like this stop people going about their daily business. Vigilance and being alert to potential intelligence is critical, but rest assured everything possible is being done to ensure public safety at this difficult time.”

Anyone with any information regarding suspicious activity can contact the national Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789321.

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