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By Fiona Reid
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Region stands with Manchester

FLAGS are today flying at half mast around the region after the Manchester attacks last night.

And a minute’s silence was held at the start of a council meeting in Dumfries this morning.
Police Scotland have issued a statement explaining they are reviewing all safety and security plans and operations nationwide.
Chief Constable Phil Gormley said: “This includes ensuring our armed policing and specialist resources are appropriately deployed.
“People will therefore see armed police on patrol at transport hubs and crowded places. There is no intelligence to suggest there is any threat to Scotland but I would ask the public to remain alert and report anything suspicious.
“We continue to liaise with the UK authorities in response to this incident.”
Meanwhile, Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell, who lives in Dumfriesshire, has expressed his horror at the attacks in Manchester and says it is only right that election campaigning has been suspended.
He said: “This was an absolutely appalling incident in Manchester and my thoughts and prayers right now are with those who have had family and friends killed and injured.
“I’d also like to praise the emergency services for their wonderful response to the incident and to others who helped those affected.
“It should be said that these attacks only resolve our strength to ensure that terrorists will never be allowed to win.”

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