Armed police thanked for patrolling South Yorkshire in wake of terror attack

Police officers with Take That stars
Police officers with Take That stars
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Armed police officers have been thanked for helping to keep South Yorkshire safe in the wake of the terror attack in Manchester.

Since the bomb attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester last week, armed officers have been patrolling the streets of Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster in a bid to help make people feel safer.

Police officers with All Saints stars

Police officers with All Saints stars

Railway stations, shopping centres, music venues and crowded places have seen their security stepped up, with the country on a high state of alert.

Extra police officers were deployed to South Yorkshire after the terror attack, in which a suicide bomber killed 22 after detonating a device as crowds were leaving the Manchester Arena, with staff sent from the Ministry of Defence and Civil Nuclear Constabulary to boost numbers.

They have been tasked with carrying out high visibility police patrols in crowded places, with a special operation mounted around Take That gigs at the Sheffield Arena on Monday and Tuesday.

Police chiefs have encouraged members of the public to approach armed officers to say hello, with a number of photographs posted on social media to thank the bobbies for their efforts.

Armed police officers at Meadowhall

Armed police officers at Meadowhall

Assistant Chief Constable David Hartley said: "The response from the public on the streets and through social media has been largely very positive. Your messages of support have been shared with our officers and we thank you for your support. It’s very uplifting.”

Kelsie Davies shared a photo online and wrote: "Even though its wrong on so many levels, South Yorkshire armed police couldn't have been friendly and approachable in Sheffield today. Thank you guys."

Posting on Facebook, Lucy Ann, who saw officers at the Take That concert yesterday, wrote: "Thank you for making us feel safe and secure at the show. Such a shame things happen in this world that gave the need for you to be there tonight."

Gerard Hand, who was also at the gig, posted: "Armed police, non armed police, PCSOs, specials, all of you did nothing but reassure us all that we can still go out, be safe and enjoy ourselves - felt proud to be in the UK last night, in Sheffield, where the armed police did not scare or intimidate, they reassured. Thanks for being there."

An armed police officer poses with children

An armed police officer poses with children

Amanda Hocking said she hopes police officers will be appreciated more following their response to the terror attack.

She wrote: "Hopefully our police will start to gain more appreciation and much deserved respect in light of the recent tragedy and the way you put yourselves out there to protect us all."

Louise Greenwood, also posting on Facebook, said: "A massive thank you and well done to all South Yorkshire Police at the Sheffield Arena last night. The presence and attitude of your officers did not scare or intimidate anyone and instead the relaxed way you conducted yourselves kept everybody calmly reassured. Thank you."

Sheila Ashby added: "Had a brill evening it was good to see all the police, plus dogs, plus armed police - felt really safe. Thank you."

Armed police in Doncaster

Armed police in Doncaster

Julie Grainger Windle wrote: "We did manage to say a few thank yous to some of the police as we were leaving. Felt completely safe. Thank you, thank you. The staff at The Arena worked their socks off too, so thank you to them too."

And Lindsey Amos said: "Fantastic work South Yorkshire Police. So sad that guns and dogs needed to be there, but the police did a brilliant job, talking to us and reassuring us. The Arena security team were great too."

Armed police with children in Sheffield

Armed police with children in Sheffield