Police Scotland release statement on recent Reading terror incident

Further to UK Protect Bulletins that have been published since the tragic events in Reading on the evening of Saturday 20th June, Police Scotland have issued the following briefing.

ACC Angela McLaren — Asst. Chief Constable Organised Crime, Counter Terrorism and Intelligence

“Following the incident of Saturday 20th June in Reading, I wanted to reassure you that Police Scotland re-mains united with all of our communities and that the thoughts of Police Scotland are with everyone who has been affected.

"Police Scotland continues to work with partners at home and abroad to counter the threat from terrorism and ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our communities.

"While we understand that the public will clearly be upset and appalled by these events, I would urge each and every member of our communities to remain united against extremism and hate.

"I wanted to assure everyone that although the motivation for the attack in Reading is still unknown, Counter Terrorism Police who are dealing with it are content that it was not associated at all the Black Lives Matter / Pride event which was taking place peacefully earlier in the day, and which had concluded some hours be-fore this attack took place.

"In response to world events, we have seen a number of events / protests in recent weeks in Scotland with Police Scotland working in partnership with specialist and local officers, along with key partners and event organisers, to ensure that all such events passed off peacefully. This will continue to be our approach, allowing people the right to protest, in a peaceful and legal manner.

"Further, Police Scotland will not tolerate any attempts to target any community by any misguided individual or group and will work with all of our partners to resolve any issues and address concerns. Should anyone become a victim of, or witness to, hate crime, they should contact the police and report the incident.

"There is no specific intelligence to indicate that an attack will occur in Scotland, however, I would ask that the public remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour and that you remain ALERT, not alarmed. If you suspect something is wrong then report it to the police. If you have any concerns or information about suspicious activity please contact the Police on 101, the UK Anti-Terrorism Hotline on 0800 789 321, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or in an emergency dial 999."

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