EXTREMELY IMPORTANT- PLEASE READ CAREFULLY AND SHARE IN YOUR GROUPS
It is my duty to inform you, that with ‘Operation Temperer’ now in force, the following guidance is being issued to all military connected organisations.
“Following on from the suspected terrorist attack at the MEN Arena in Manchester – the cause of the explosion is being investigated, but it is being treated by the authorities as a terrorist attack. Our thoughts are with the families of those who died or were injured in the appalling and shocking incident. We are also thinking of those members of the emergency services and the general public, who ran towards danger to help those in need.
You will be aware of the change in threat level and ‘Op TEMPERER’ has been initiated (military personnel deployment).
It is important we keep the threat in perspective. There is a small minority of people who act individually or under the banner of a larger group who choose to go beyond democratic protest and commit intimidating and sometimes criminal acts. Extremists look for occasions to gain publicity and support for their cause. The activities of extremists or hoaxers are designed to damage reputations, intimidate, disrupt and in some circumstances cause injury or worse.
We recommend that you implement the following as an initial measure and then discuss your follow up procedures within your Group Administration/Branch Committee and membership:
• Search outside of all Branch/Branch Club buildings each morning
• Ensure control of entry is established at all premises
• Consider the flying of flags from buildings and the parading of any Branch standards carefully
• Consider minimising wearing of branded clothing except at events
• Report anything suspicious (obviously!)
Further advice can be found at: http://bit.ly/2rhBXTc
The police are asking for our help and have requested that anyone who sees anything suspicious, be it a vehicle, package or person, to report it to them – they would always prefer you to call them, even if you are in any doubt.
You can also call the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline – 0800 789 321. It is staffed around the clock by specialist counter-terrorism police officers and staff.
A text phone service is also available for people with speech or hearing difficulties on 0800 032 45 39 (text messages from mobiles are not accepted).
Any information passed to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline is treated in the strictest of confidence.
You are likely to see an increased visible policing presence in public places as the police and others seek to reassure and support our communities. We should all remain vigilant following the attack.”
Please be vigilant like have always been, and stay safe.