Avon and Somerset police chief offers reassurance against 'determined threat of terrorism' after Manchester attack
PUBLISHED: 15:00 23 May 2017
The police chief at Avon and Somerset Constabulary said the force will continue a planned review into its security arrangements for crowded events following the suspected terrorist attack in Manchester last night (Monday).
At least 22 people have been killed and 59 injured after the attack at an Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena.
Police are treating it as a terrorist incident, and it is believed the attacker died at the scene.
Avon and Somerset’s Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: “This was a tragic event and our hearts go out to the loved ones of those who were killed and injured.
“The sustained and determined threat of terrorism casts a shadow across all our communities and our priority is to reassure them that we’re doing everything we can to keep them safe.”
He said plans had already been in place to review the force’s security arrangements for venues and crowded places.
He added: “We have rigorous major incident plans in place which are regularly tested and reviewed during exercises with partner agencies such as ambulance, health and fire to ensure we are as prepared as we possibly can be.
“At times like these it’s more important than ever that we stand together as a community and unite against this kind of horrific attack.”
In Weston-super-Mare, a flag has been flying at half-mast on the Town Hall in Walliscote Grove Road.
General Election campaigning has also been suspended in both Weston and North Somerset.