In response to the attack in Manchester, please read the following message;

We urge the public to remain alert but not alarmed – the police service and our partners are doing everything we can to help protect the security of our citizens, public institutions, critical national infrastructure, and businesses and places;

  • Terrorists want to create discord, distrust and to create fear. The police stand together with all communities in the UK and we will take action against any criminal behaviour which seeks to undermine society, especially where crimes are motivated by hate.
  • Communities defeat terrorism, which is why we must maintain the strong relationship between the public and police. We depend on information from the public, who can be our eyes and ears, in our efforts to keep us all safe.
  • Acts of terrorism and hate crimes are committed by a small minority of people and are not representative of the public. This is a time for us all to work closely together and unite against those who seek, through violence and extremism, to intimidate or cause fear.
  • “We are aware that following incidents such as this, there can be an increase in hate crimes within our communities. Over the coming days and weeks we will be reaching out to reassure and strengthen bonds with the communities we serve.
  • “There can never be any excuse for hate crime in any shape or form and this criminality will not be tolerated.
  • “More than ever in these uncertain times we want those who are victims of hate crime to feel confident in the belief that we’ll take your reports seriously, protect you and make sure you get all the support you need.
  • “So, if you are a witness or a victim of hate crime or feel vulnerable please contact someone to report it. More people are reporting hate crime than ever before but it is still significantly underreported. Don’t suffer in silence; there are people who can help you. Call the police on 101, Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or via their website at, or visit the True Vision website ( for information, advice and to report online. In an emergency, always dial 999.”


As part of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015, the Government introduced a new Prevent Duty, which is one of the four elements of CONTEST. Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has a statutory duty to identify people within our community who may be at risk of radicalisation and supporting them to change in a positive way. Southend Strategic Prevent Group undertakes this important role through multi agency approach

The Prevent Strategy has 3 main objectives:

  • Responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views.
  • Provides practical help to prevent individuals from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
  • Works with a wide range of institutions (including education, criminal justice, faith charities, online and health) where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to deal with.

Further information on Prevent 

The Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (here)



Let’s Talk About It

An initiative designed to provide practical help and guidance to the public in order to stop people becoming terrorists and supporting terrorism.

If you are concerned that someone you know is at risk of becoming radicalised and/or involved in terrorism please contact the Community Safety Team