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Police assurances after terror attack arrest
Friday 24th March 2017 @ 15:10 by Nigel Skinner
News Tameside

Greater Manchester Assistant Chief Constable Rob Potts has called for all communities across the region to work together to defeat terrorism.

His comments come in the wake of the Westminster terror attack which has been followed by a series of arrests – including one in Manchester.

“The horrific events of London have affected people across the nation and we know it has been felt strongly in our communities, here in Greater Manchester,” he said.

“In light of an arrest in Manchester overnight, I want to offer my strongest assurances that we are here to support our communities and will robustly investigate any reports of hatred towards anyone. We have reviewed our patrols to ensure we provide visible reassurance.

“Terrorist acts and hate crimes are committed by a tiny minority of people and are not representative of the public. We need to work together to defeat those who seek to destroy our communities with hate, fear, and violence.

“I urge people to come to us with any concerns you have, with the knowledge that we stand with you and will take action against any criminal behaviour.

“You can speak to a Neighbourhood officer, or call 101, if you are concerned about anything, and always call 999 in an emergency.

“I want to be clear that there is no specific intelligence suggesting that there is any raised level of threat within Greater Manchester.”

Hate incidents should be reported to police on 101 or using the True Vision website or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Assistant Chief Constable Rob Potts