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Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion is publicly thanking West Mercia’s police officers and local communities for their response following the terrorist attack in Manchester.

The Commissioner’s comments follow the Government decision to reduce the threat level to ‘severe’.

John Campion said “on behalf of our communities I want to thank West Mercia Police for the work they have done, particularly in the last week to ensure we are safe and feel safe; whether that has been increased local visibility, stepping up their presence at community events or contributing to parts of national policing. We have seen officers taking on different duties, different roles and Special Constables stepping up to play a bigger part. Once again, the bravery, commitment and professionalism of our police has shone through in the most difficult of circumstances.”

“It’s also important to thank our communities for how they have reacted to last week’s attack. They have been alert, but not alarmed and I think that has been extremely valuable to our police, at a time when they have needed our help. Our communities have shown their support in a number of ways, ranging from reporting things that concerned them, through to offering officers refreshments while out on patrol. To see that level of support has been heart-warming and shows the positivity, togetherness and determination that so many people have drawn from what was such a horrific incident.”