Police Scotland – Message to Communities - 30 Nov 2019

Message from Assistant Chief Constable Gary Ritchie – 30th November 2019

Following the tragic incident at London Bridge (29.11.19), I want to take this opportunity to reassure Scottish communities that while the threat level for the United Kingdom is substantial, at this time there is no known increased threat in Scotland.

Police Scotland is committed to keeping people safe, and whilst we understand that people will clearly be appalled and feel vulnerable as a result of this incident, I would urge everyone to continue to work together and ensure no person or group in Scotland feels marginalised or isolated. Police Scotland will not tolerate any form of hate crime, and should anyone experience or witness such an incident, please report it.

It should be stressed that there is no specific information to suggest an increased risk to communities in Scotland, however you may notice increased patrols by officers, intended to increase reassurance and community engagement. We ask that the public go about their business as normal, remaining alert but not alarmed. We also ask all relevant groups and organisations provide appropriate reassurance to individuals and communities.

Please be assured that Police Scotland continues to work with partners at home and abroad in countering the threat from terrorism, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all communities.

If you have any relevant information or concerns about suspicious activity, I would urge you to contact the Police by calling 101, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or in an emergency dial 999.