‘We stand firmly with Manch­ester’

Macclesfield Express - - POP CONCERT TERROR ATTACK -

MAC­CLES­FIELD’S mayor has led mes­sages of sym­pa­thy, sup­port and sol­i­dar­ity for Manch­ester and the vic­tims of the ter­ror at­tack.

Coun­cil­lor Bev­er­ley Doo­ley said the town would stand side by side with the city in the wake of the tragedy.

She said: “Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to Manch­ester and the fam­i­lies af­fected in what­ever way, be that in­jury, death, or just the ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing there, which must have been ter­ri­fy­ing. We stand with them firmly.”

Mac­cles­field Town Hall is fly­ing the Union Flag at half mast as a mark of re­spect. Oth­ers joined the out­pour­ing of sym­pa­thy af­ter the at­tack in­clud­ing par­lia­men­tary can­di­dates David Rut­ley, Neil Puttick and Mark John­son, who all live in the town.

In a joint state­ment the lead­ers of all po­lit­i­cal par­ties of Cheshire East Coun­cil said: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have lost loved ones and the in­jured, all their fam­i­lies and all those af­fected by this dread­ful event.

“We stand be­hind the peo­ple of Manch­ester and join them in their con- dem­na­tion of this ap­palling ter­ror­ist at­tack.

“We sup­port the mes­sages this morn­ing from the elected mayor of Greater Manch­ester, Andy Burn­ham and city coun­cil leader Sir Richard Leese, stat­ing that Manch­ester is a great city which has ex­pe­ri­enced dark days in the past and whose peo­ple have pulled to­gether to de­feat ter­ror­ism. In Cheshire East, all coun­cil build­ings will fly flags at half-mast and we would urge all busi­nesses that have their own flags to do the same. Staff from our schools’ sup­port team are con­tact­ing all schools in the bor­ough to as­cer­tain if any pupils or staff were at the con­cert at the Manch­ester Arena and are of­fer­ing sup­port, if re­quired.

“We would also urge our res­i­dents in Cheshire East to re­main vig­i­lant, wher­ever they are, at rail­way sta­tions, sports sta­di­ums and pub­lic places in par­tic­u­lar and to fol­low the ad­vice of the po­lice to re­port any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity to them.”

Cheshire Po­lice has in­creased pa­trols in Mac­cles­field and the wider county to re­as­sure res­i­dents.

As­sis­tant chief con­sta­ble Dar­ren Mart­land said: “The thoughts of ev­ery­one at Cheshire Con­stab­u­lary are very much with all those af­fected by the dev­as­tat­ing events in Manch­ester last night.

“We are work­ing closely with our com­mu­ni­ties, pro­vid­ing ex­tra pa­trols for vis­i­bil­ity and re­as­sur­ance, and co-op­er­at­ing with any na­tional re­quire­ments for sup­port.”

Mac­cles­field town hall flag flies at half mast to re­mem­ber those who died in the ter­ror at­tack

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