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Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird’s thoughts are with the families and friends of those affected by the terror attack in Manchester

23rd May 2017

“My thoughts are with all those who were at the concert in Manchester and their family and friends. The terror attack in Manchester has had an effect on communities right across the country, including here in the North East in South Shields and Gateshead.  Today we grieve for those who lost their lives and maintain our hope that those missing are found safe and well.

“The attack on Manchester reinforces our vigour and determination to tackle those who cause such atrocities in our communities.  Northumbria Police will continue to work with communities across the North East to offer whatever support is needed.  We all have a duty to remain alert and report anything suspicious to the police.

“I would like to also reiterate the words of respect to the emergency services and all those who helped.  Dealing with such an appalling event is always difficult and like many others, I recognise the bravery and professionalism in response to the incident”.