Police step up security in Cambridgeshire after Manchester bombing

PUBLISHED: 13:12 23 May 2017

Police in Manchester after the bombing at Manchester Arena. Picture: PA

Police in Manchester after the bombing at Manchester Arena. Picture: PA

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Security in crowded places and at forthcoming events in Cambridgeshire is being reviewed by police following the bombing at a concert in Manchester.

Armed police at Manchester Arena after an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Armed police at Manchester Arena after an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.

Support is pouring in for the families involved, including a message from Cambridgeshire’s chief constable Alec Wood.

He is looking at extra patrols across the county and reviewing security at events locally.

The number killed in the attack at the Ariana Grande gig at the Manchester Arena currently stands at 22 with more than 58 others injured.

Chief Constable Alec Wood said: “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of those who have died or been injured in the horrific incident in Manchester and all those affected by this tragedy.

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Picture taken with permission from the twitter feed of @SamWardMCR of emergency services heading to Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday May 22, 2017. See PA story POLICE Explosion. Photo credit should read: @SamWardMCR/PA Wire

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“Our thoughts are with our colleagues at Greater Manchester Police and all of the emergency services responding to this incident.

“While there is no specific intelligence suggesting an imminent threat to Cambridgeshire we will continue to monitor the situation, have increased patrols and will take the usual sensible measures to protect the public.”

Detective Superintendent Glen Channer, head of the Eastern Counter Terrorism Intelligence Unit, said: “We have close policing partnerships across the UK and we will all be working together to respond in the aftermath of such a shocking and senseless attack.

“The security and intelligence services are dedicated to keeping people safe and communities can be confident that, together with our partners, eastern forces are continually working hard to safeguard the public.

“As always we rely on the support and co-operation of our public in the fight against terrorism and at this difficult time would remind people that they can report concerns or any suspicious activity they may witness to the confidential police hotline on 0800 789 321.

“We pay our deepest respects to those who have lost loved ones and everyone who was affected by last night’s attack.”

In Cambridgeshire, policing operations for crowded places are being reviewed and additional patrols will be carried out across the county.

Police are also reviewing security plans for the many events due to take place in Cambridgeshire in coming days and weeks.

• A helpline has been set up by Greater Manchester Police for those concerned about loved ones who you may have in the area - please call the dedicated emergency number 0161 856 9400.

• You can follow the latest news and updates from Manchester via @GMPolice on Twitter and Greater Manchester Police on Facebook.

• For more information about reporting suspicious activity and remaining alert to the terror threat, visit https://act.campaign.gov.uk/.

To donate to a fund for families run by the Manchester Evening News please visit the Just Giving page.

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