Published: Tue, May 23, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Manchester attack: Statement from Council Leader


A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device in the foyer of the venue just after 10.30pm shortly after Grande, the U.S. singer, had finished her performance and thousands of people were streaming out of Europe's largest indoor arena.

Assistant Chief Constable Alex Murray said the force was looking at all upcoming events in the region, starting with Birmingham Pride this weekend which is set to attract thousands of people to the second city.

"My officers are there to reassure concerned members of the public and we'd ask people to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour by calling the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 123".

Here in the West Midlands, our focus is on providing an appropriate policing response over the coming days. This is an annual event with a parade, music and festivities which is enjoyed by many.

We remain deeply shocked following last night's tragic incident in Manchester and all our thoughts are with those affected.

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My thoughts are with the victims and families and the people of Manchester and I'd like to give tribute to the emergency services. Tottington High School pupil Olivia Campbell is missing after last night's terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena.

He said the decision to increase officers on the street was a direct response to the arena blast and not from intelligence that there was a pending attack in the West Midlands.

Police are treating it as a terror attack and say children are among the victims.

"Our support goes out to our colleagues in GMP during this very hard and demanding time but we have absolute faith in them to uphold the finest traditions of their force and of British policing". The national threat remains severe (an attack is highly likely) and therefore it is important that all of our communities similarly remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity that gives cause for concern.

He went on: "Everyone needs to be vigilant - be alert not alarmed". If we can spot the signs where someone might be being radicalised we can intervene at an early stage and safeguard individuals without criminalising them. We act on every piece of information, no click or call will be ignored, we will only take action after appropriate checks have been carried out. If you see anything suspicious, please report it to the Police. "It is vital we stand together to ensure this doesn't happen". "At the moment our position is unchanged in the county, policing is being delivered according to our normal routine, and we will be constantly assessing that in light of the events in Manchester".

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