25/05/2017

Security Situation: Communication from Swindon Borough Council

The following is a message from John Gilbert, Chief Executive of Swindon Borough Council.

Dear colleagues,

Following Monday’s appalling terrorist attack, our sympathies and best wishes go out to the people and communities of Manchester. You are likely to be aware that the Government took the decision late yesterday evening to raise the national threat level to “critical”. This means that an attack remains highly likely but also that a further attack may be imminent.

Earlier today I attended a meeting of the Wiltshire and Swindon Strategic Coordinating Group convened by Wiltshire Police to discuss the situation and its impacts to Swindon. Wiltshire Police have released this statement explaining that there is no known specific threat to Wiltshire and the South West region at this time and it is unlikely that our communities will see a military presence on the streets. However there will be a more visible police presence within parts of the Borough.

The most important message is for the public to remain alert but not alarmed – police nationally and locally along with partners, are doing everything they can to help protect the security of our citizens, public institutions, critical national infrastructure, and businesses and places. Communities defeat terrorism, which is why we must maintain the strong relationship between the public and police. We depend on information from the public, who can be our eyes and ears, in our efforts to keep us all safe.

The public are advised to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency the public should always call 999.

If you pick up any changes in tension through your work with Swindon’s communities, please report these to the Community Safety Team at csp@swindon.gov.uk so this can be taken forward as appropriate. Similarly, if there are additional actions you feel need to be taken to help manage reactions that are a cause for concern then please let us know.

Kind regards

JG

John Gilbert
Chief Executive
Swindon Borough Council

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