The thoughts and sympathies of everyone at ABTA are with all of those affected by the awful events in Manchester. It was a truly appalling attack against innocent victims at the heart of one of the UK’s most vibrant cities. It is terribly sad to hear that Chloe Rutherford, who worked at Westoe Travel in South Shields has been confirmed as one of the victims. Our condolences go out to her family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.
As a result of the attack the UK terror threat level has been raised, for the time being, from severe to critical. This change in the threat level means that there will be additional resources and support made available to the police as they work to keep us all safe, including support from armed military.
This means that armed police officers responsible for duties such as guarding key sites may be replaced by members of the armed forces, which will allow the police to significantly increase the number of armed officers on patrol in key locations. You might also see military personnel deployed at certain events, such as concerts and sports matches, helping the police to keep the public safe. In all circumstances, members of the armed forces who are deployed in this way will be under the command of police officers.
The police will be working with organisers and hosts of upcoming events across the country, to come to a judgement about how they can go ahead while making sure the people who attend them are safe and secure.
Members are advised to keep their staff up to date reminding them to be vigilant and if they see anything that causes concern or raises suspicions do not hesitate to call the police confidentially on the Counter Terrorism Hotline 0800 789 321 or in an emergency 999. National Rail’s nationwide “See It. Say It. Sorted” Campaign encourages train passengers and train station visitors to report any unusual items or activity whilst using rail services. Everyone who uses the rail network is being urged to report anything unusual either in person to rail staff, by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40.
If Members, particularly those with domestic programmes, have any specific questions or require the assistance of ABTA please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as appropriate.