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Police Scotland - message to communities

Assistant Chief Constable Gary Ritchie has issued the following message for reassurance:

Following the terrorist attack in Liverpool, on Sunday 14th November 2021 and the ongoing media coverage, it should be noted that at this time there is no known link to Scotland.

At this time there remains no specific threat to Scotland or Scottish communities; however I would ask our communities to take cognisance of the UK threat level which has been increased to Severe, meaning an attack is highly likely, and to remain vigilant.

During these winter months I would ask for your increased vigilance and awareness to report any security concerns or suspicious activity you notice in our communities.  

Police Scotland is committed to keeping people safe and whilst we understand that the public will clearly be appalled by this event, I would urge each and every member of the community to continue to work together in ensuring that no person or group in Scotland feels marginalised or isolated. 

Police Scotland will not tolerate any attempts to target communities by any individual or group and will work with all of our communities to resolve any issues and address any concerns. In this regard, we would urge people to go about their business as usual, however, should anyone become a victim, or witness any hate crime, they should contact the police and report the incident.

Please be assured Police Scotland continues to work with partners at home and abroad countering the threat from terrorism to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our communities. Thank you for your continued support in keeping our communities safe.

If you have any concerns or information about suspicious activity please report via any of the following methods:

  • Police Scotland on 101,
  • Anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321
  • The Action Counters Terrorism website at gov.uk/act
  • 999 in an emergency; or
  • Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.