POLICE chiefs have thanked Warwickshire residents for their response to heightened security in the wake of the Manchester attack.
Armed officers were deployed around the county over the bank holiday weekend at tourist hotspots such as Warwick Castle and neighbouring Shakespeare’s Stratford, transport hubs and events.
It followed Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to raise the country’s national security state to critical – the highest state of alert – meaning further attacks could be imminent. The level has since been reduced.
Warwickshire Police Asst Ch Con Martin Evans said: “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.
“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 was great seeing so many people out enjoying the bank holiday weekend and the many events that took 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 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.”