Our thoughts first and foremost today are with all of those affected by the tragic events in Manchester last night.
We will do all we can in the coming days to support colleagues from Greater Manchester Police and the people of Manchester. We stand with them.
We recognise that these events and the subsequent media reporting can have a significant impact on peoples’ confidence and we will continue to engage with all our communities to offer them reassurance.
Lancashire is a tolerant and diverse county and we must not allow terrorists to create discord, distrust and fear.
We will not tolerate hate crime and we would encourage anyone who feels they have been subjected to hate crime of any sort to report it to the police.
We rely on our communities to help us make Lancashire a safe place to live work and visit and we would encourage everyone to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious.