We have prayed for the people involved in the horrific terrorist attack that took place in Manchester this week. Please continue to keep the victims and their families in your prayers, as they will certainly need love and support.
I have copied a police briefing regarding the terrorist attack, it explains exactly what is going on and encourages us to all to report anything suspicious, it’s better to risk a ‘false alarm’ than not pass on something that later turns out to be important.
Our students have been quite upset by this news; I would ask parents and carers to talk to them and if necessary to seek additional support.
These are sad times but we are a caring and cohesive community and at this school, we always stand together.
Briefing to schools
We know that young people in particular have been greatly affected by the terrorist incident in Manchester and we hope that the high profile policing operation we have put in place in the West Midlands in response to the threat will offer them some important and timely reassurance.
Our Neighbourhood officers are here to help and we would encourage pupils to speak to them if they have any concerns. Alternatively, if you wish to speak to an officer directly, email or contact your local Neighbourhood team.
The current threat level
As you may have seen in the news, the UK threat level from International Terrorism has been raised to CRITICAL. This means an attack is imminent.
It is the first time in 10 years the threat level has been raised from severe in the UK.
The Prime Minister has authorised support from the military alongside the police, following specialist advice from the security services in the wake of the Manchester terror attack. As a result we will see the military being used to protect some key sites across London.
The West Midland will not deploy the military but we will see additional armed police officers from other forces supporting us.
This is part of an agreed and well-rehearsed national plan – known as Operation Temperer.
What does this mean for the West Midlands?
Here in the West Midlands, our focus is on providing an appropriate policing response over the coming days.
We have a variety of tactics available to us on a 24/7 basis – we have teams of local neighbourhood officers, response officers, specialist firearms officers and traffic officers on duty around the clock.
Everyone needs to be vigilant – but be alert and not alarmed. As ever, we ask the public to be our eyes and ears. If something doesn’t feel right, call us. 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.
Terrorists wait for those moments when we’re not looking – that’s why vigilance and awareness of everyone is key to combating terrorism.Remember – if you see anything suspicious call 999 or the Anti Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.