Statement following the Prime Minister’s announcement to raise the threat level to critical Date published: 24th May 2017 4.30pm

Chief Constable Simon Byrne, said: “Over the following days communities across the county will see a high visible police presence in the wake of the devastating events that took place in Manchester and the decision made by the Prime Minister to raise the threat level to critical.

“I want to reassure the community that officers will be visible as a point of safety to further protect our communities during what is currently a difficult time. We would urge people to remain vigilant, be alert but not alarmed.

“The Prime Minister confirmed Operation Temperer has been activated. It may be that in the coming days you may see some military personnel. Should this happen please do not be alarmed, it will help make our officers more visible. 

“We continue to work closely with our communities and co-operating with any national requirements for support. The Special Constabulary is also supporting our response.

“Our thoughts from everyone at Cheshire Constabulary remain very much with all those affected by the tragic events.

“I want to urge local communities to stay alert, be extra vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour to the Anti-Terror hotline on 0800 789321 or in an emergency call 999.”