Statement from ACC Roberts regarding Recent Events in New Zealand

Cleveland Police Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Roberts said:

“Our deepest sympathies go to all those affected by recent events in New Zealand.

“Despite these events, the local threat level for Cleveland, mirroring the national threat, has not changed.

“We understand that there may be increased concerns amongst local residents and therefore we are increasing the visibility of our neighbourhood patrols today to offer reassurance to all of our communities, particularly in places of worship.

“Acts of terrorism are committed by a small minority of people and are not representative of the public.

“We are aware that there is footage from the attack available on social media, however, we would echo the warning from New Zealand Police by asking the public not to view this or share it due to the extremely distressing content.

“Again, we would reiterate that whilst there is no specific intelligence to suggest any links to the Cleveland area, we urge everyone to remain vigilant as always.

“Our message is to be alert but not alarmed, to report suspicious activity and in the unlikely event that a terrorist incident does take place to follow the ‘Run, Hide and Tell’ principles.

“If anyone has been directly affected by this incident, through family or other links, they should contact the police.

“Suspicious activity should be reported to police or by calling 0800 789 321. In an emergency dial 999.”