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Here is the latest information and previously issued statements regarding Operation Temperer and the increased security state:

Warwickshire Police response to Operation Temperer and the reduction in UK Threat Level - update

Assistant Chief Constable for Warwickshire Police, Martin Evans, has thanked the Warwickshire community for their support over the last week as policing in the county returns to 'business as usual'.

Speaking today (Tuesday 30 May) he said: "In what has been a harrowing week for so many our thoughts have strongly remained with those that lost their lives and were injured in Monday's cowardly attack at the Manchester Arena.

"In the face of such an atrocity it has been heart-warming to see communities across the entire country come together in support of each other. We have been overwhelmed by the positive response our officers received from the people of Warwickshire as we increased our patrols for public reassurance in the last week.

"We have had numerous occasions where people have gone out of their way to say thank you to our officers for their commitment and dedication to keeping our communities safe.

"It has been great seeing so many people out enjoying the bank holiday weekend and the many events that have taken place and, from the feedback we have received, we are pleased that our policing plan has helped them feel confident and safe to do this.

"With the reduction in UK threat level and the deactivation of Operation Temperer we have now returned to 'business as usual'. However, we will not be complacent and we continue to work to do everything within our power to keep you safe.

"It's important to say that we do still need the public's help in being vigilant and so I once again encourage you to report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321. In an emergency you should always call 999."

Issued: 8.40am, Tuesday 30 May, Corporate Communications

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Public reassurance and increased policing across Warwickshire Police

Statement issued by ACC Martin Evans

"As you will be aware the UK threat level has been increased to critical and Operation Temperer, the deployment of military personnel alongside and in support of firearms officers, has been initiated and now been in operation for more than 24 hours.

"Across Warwickshire we are committed to doing everything possible to protect our communities from harm. The role Warwickshire Police has within the communities we serve is vital at the best of times, but never more so than now. For the next few days our communities will see and feel an enhanced level of visible policing in key locations to help provide them with the additional reassurance they need.

"We are reviewing a number of forthcoming public events that are due to take place in the county and will be ensuring that we provide the right level of visible policing and community reassurance at these.

"As a result of the national activation of Operation Temperer, and as other forces, we have now also been provided with some additional armed officers to support our efforts to provide increased policing and security presence within Warwickshire.

"We are advising the public to remain vigilant, to be alert and not alarmed and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency always call 999. For further information about reporting suspicious behaviour visit https://act.campaign.gov.uk/ and we would be grateful if you could share this important message as widely as possible.

"Communities defeat terrorism, which is why we must maintain the strong relationship between the public and police. We depend on information from the public, so you can be our eyes and ears, in our efforts to keep us all safe.

"For more information please log onto www.warwickshire.police.uk or follow us on Twitter @warkspolice

"Thank you for your ongoing support and help."

Issued: 4.48pm, Thursday 25 May, Corporate Communications

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Warwickshire Police statement following arrest of Nuneaton man

Following the arrest of a man in Nuneaton in connection with the attack at Manchester Arena, Warwickshire Police would like to reassure local communities that there are extra officers out on patrol, to offer reassurance and address any concerns from members of the public.

Assistant Chief Constable Martin Evans from Warwickshire Police said: "I know many people in our communities will be very concerned about the raised terror level threat and the recent arrest in Nuneaton, our colleagues from Greater Manchester Police are leading on this investigation .

"We will continue to have increased high visibility police patrols across Warwickshire to provide community reassurance.

"I continue to urge the public to be vigilant, to remain alert but not alarmed and to report any suspicious activity to the police by calling the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789321. In an emergency always dial 999."

Issued: Wednesday 24 May 11pm Helen Blake, Corporate Communications

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Statement from Assistant Chief Constable Martin Evans:

"Following the tragic events in Manchester on Monday evening, the Prime Minister has increased the UK threat level to critical.

"Operation Temperer, the deployment of military personnel alongside and in support of police firearms officers, has also been authorised.

"This will enable armed officers from certain guarding duties to release officers across the UK to support the wider national response. This is part of an agreed and well rehearsed national plan and where they are deployed, military personnel will remain under the command and control of the police service.

"Along with our partners we continue to do everything we can to help protect our communities. As you would expect, we are reviewing our activities, including those in crowded places and for pre-planned events and whilst at this time there is no intelligence to suggest a specific threat in Warwickshire we are continuing to provide a visible policing presence to offer reassurance to our communities.

"We have an established plan in place if it is necessary to manage the deployment of military personnel in Warwickshire and our security measures and activities are under constant review to reflect where the threats exist and the level of threat we are facing in the county.

"Acts of terrorism and hate crimes are committed by a small minority of people and are not representative of the public. This is a time for us all to work closely together and unite against those who seek, through violence and extremism, to intimidate or cause fear.

"Therefore we need your help; please remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency always call 999.

"There is also easy-to-remember national guidance of 'Run, Hide, Tell' - run to a place of safety, hide in a secure place, when it's safe to do so, tell police by calling 999."

For further information about reporting suspicious behaviour visit https://act.campaign.gov.uk/

Issued: 10.25am, Wednesday 24 May, Alexa Neville, Corporate Communications

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Statement following last night's atrocity at Manchester Arena

In a joint statement the Chief Constable for Warwickshire Police, Martin Jelley and the Chief Constable for West Mercia Police, Anthony Bangham, said: "Last night's atrocity at the Manchester Arena has shocked and saddened us all and the thoughts of the officers, staff, special constables and volunteers within Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police are with those affected.

"It has been heart warming to see the people of Manchester come together to support each other and the emergency services. It is testimony to the overwhelming power of community spirit.

"Across the counties that we serve we regularly review our security measures and we will be doing this again today to ensure that all is being done to keep you and your families safe.

"It remains vital that the police and the public work together to combat terrorism. If you have any information about suspicious activity or behaviour you can report it in confidence by calling the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or by using the secure form at www.gov.uk/ACT. In an emergency situation call 999."

Issued: 10am, Tuesday 23 May, Alexa Neville, Corporate Communications

Published 24/05/17