Police Scotland to increase armed patrols to tighten national security 


“Precautionary measure” taken to provide more visible policing in coming days 

SCOTTISH POLICE have confirmed that extra security support will be put in place to calm public concerns following the tragic attack in Manchester that has left at least 22 people dead. 

The attack, which took place late last night [Monday 22 May] near the Manchester Arena, targeted people attending a concert. 

Police Scotland Chief Constable Phil Gormley said: “My thoughts and those of everyone at Police Scotland are with those who have lost loved ones or who were injured in the attack in Manchester.

“As part of the UK-wide response to these events, Police Scotland continues to review all safety and security plans and operations. This includes ensuring our armed policing and specialist resources are appropriately deployed.

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“People will therefore see armed police on patrol at transport hubs and crowded places. There is no intelligence to suggest there is any threat to Scotland but I would ask the public to remain alert and report anything suspicious.

“We continue to liaise with the UK authorities in response to this incident.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that the “precautionary measure” would act to reassure the public that security action was being taken with an “uplift of visible policing”.

Sturgeon convened a meeting of the Scottish Government’s Resilience Committee in response to the attack alongside senior security, police, and government personnel. 

Picture courtesy of Ninian Reid

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