Events in Manchester have produced repercussions throughout the country. Here is a communique from our local Devon and Cornwall police.
Yet another update to remind us to keep alert.
UK threat level raised to ‘critical’
Deputy Chief Constable James Vaughan said: “As part of the ongoing investigations into the terrorist incident in Manchester on Monday night; the Prime Minister has announced that the independent Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) have raised the UK threat level from ‘severe’ to ‘critical’. As a result of this decision Operation Temperer will now be activated, alongside other established and tested plans, meaning that military personnel may now be deployed onto the streets under police command and control. Locations for deployment are agreed at a national level and, at this stage, there are no plans for deployment in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
“Although we have no information to suggest any specific additional risk to Devon, Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly, we would urge the public to keep alert and not alarmed, and to support us in keeping our region safe by keeping an eye out for anything that seems out of place, unusual or doesn’t seem to fit with day to day life.
“If anyone sees anything suspicious that they believe may be related to terrorism, they can report this to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789321 or call 999.
“It is important to stress that Operation Temperer and the raising of the threat level are both nationally agreed and affect the whole country, they are not specific to Devon and Cornwall. We will continue to work with our police and security colleagues across the country, as well as with the military and our local partners, to do all we can to keep the public safe.”
Public urged to remain vigilant after Manchester attack
Communities across Devon and Cornwall are being urged to remain alert and vigilant following the terrorist attack in Manchester last night (Monday 22 May).
There is no specific intelligence to suggest any additional threat local to Devon and Cornwall or any risk to our communities locally. However the threat level for the country remains severe.
Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said “The tragic events in Manchester are a timely reminder of the need to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity you may see.
“Although we have no information to suggest any specific risk to Devon, Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly, I would ask the public to keep alert and not alarmed, and to support us in keeping our region safe.
“If anyone sees anything suspicious relating to terrorism, they can report this to the
Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789321.”
“The impact of last night’s events will be felt for some time and our condolences go to the families and friends of those who have died as well as those who have been injured as a result of the attack.
“Devon and Cornwall Police officers and staff are always aware of the dangers of such attacks, they remain thankfully rare.
“Local people may see some increased patrols locally and might also see a more overt armed presence from officers. I would ask the public not to be fearful of this, but to feel more secure that steps are being taken to ensure their safety.
“Devon and Cornwall Police stand with the Greater Manchester Police and other forces across the country. We must not allow attacks like this stop people going about their daily business. Vigilance and being alert to potential intelligence is critical, but rest assured everything possible is being done to ensure public safety at this difficult time.”
Anyone with any information regarding suspicious activity can contact the national Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789321.
Late May special post.
If you were in Combe around 14.45 on May 17th you may be able to help police trace a burglar who broke into a property near Shaldon Road.
If you spotted anything suspicious please ring 101 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org Please quote CR/037985/17
May 2017 updated post
Please see contact details for our new PCSO further down the page.
No new posts on the ‘scam’ page but a report from someone in the village regarding how aggressive some of these callers can be. Threats of police knocking at the door and ‘you’d better make sure you have a good lawyer’ would be enough to worry most of us.
Please do not be frightened by these ‘bullying’ tactics, put down the phone, call 101 and report what has been said to the police. They will advise you what to do next.
We’ve also been asked, by Devon and Cornwall police, to warn you about house security now the warmer weather is here. Keep your windows and doors locked if you are a distance away or out of the house even for a short time. Keep sheds locked, secure anything left out in the garden like bikes and mowers and, wherever possible, keep items out of sight. Being careless with home security encourages opportunist thieves.
Click here to read more advice from the police on home security.
Thefts from vehicles are also on the increase, please keep items of value out of sight, put valuables in the boot when you park and make sure all doors are locked when you leave the vehicle unattended, even on your own drive.
If you haven’t already picked up the information from the shop or village notice boards we have a new PCSO for our area. We may not see as much of her because she is responsible for a large area but she has promised to be accessible via email or phone if anyone needs her help.
Her name is Liz Francis, her email address is email@example.com and her non emergency telephone number is 07736083780
Remember to keep the NHW stickers on your doors or windows and please keep an eye on your neighbours property. A few lights on timers to make your house look occupied when you’re away are also a good idea but do tell your neighbours what you are doing.
If you need more stickers please visit the NHW table at the Annual Parish Meeting Saturday 10th June in the village hall 2 – 4 pm