This message from Thames Valley Police is dated Tuesday 23rd May 2017 .
“I am sure you will be aware of the terror incident last night (Monday) in Manchester”.
“Details continue to emerge. However, at this stage it is being reported that a lone man detonated an improvised explosive device at Manchester Arena at the end of a concert”.
“At the current time, reports have stated that 22 people have died and 59 people have been injured and our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families. Greater Manchester Police are heading up this investigation and I understand an arrest of a 23yr old man has already been made”.
“I know that this will be a very difficult time for our communities, dealing with the shock of such a callous incident in our country, worrying about what next. I am also aware that in the past such attacks have resulted in an increase in hate crime nationally and can affect the normally cohesive state of established communities. All my local officers are aware of this and will remain vigilant”.
“That said, policing can never work well without the help of our communities. I need your help, to monitor any tensions or community issues that arise as a result of this horrific incident. I would ask you all to be vigilant, to report any suspicious activity and to try to do all you can, to ensure anyone suffering from hate crime in reprisal attacks, are encouraged to come forward and let us know”.
“It is important that we all continue to remain vigilant, but also to go about our daily lives. We would ask people to be alert and report any suspicious activity to police on the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789321 or dialing 999″.
Superintendent Bhupinder Rai
Windsor and Maidenhead LPA Commander
Maidenhead Police Station