While this community news website has always and will always concentrate on issues that happen in or have a direct affect on the people of Moray, we feel we had to publish this statement from Police Scotland.
While having no direct impact on Moray, and while assuring the public that there is no direct threat to Scotland, it is important that we add our sympathy to family and friends of David Haines.
The Police Scotland statement from Deputy Chief Constable Iain Livingstone in full.
“Information has been received that David Haines, who had been held hostage in Syria, has been murdered by terrorists.
“Our thoughts are very much with David’s family at this most difficult time and we are doing all we can to support them. This horrific act of violence affects many different communities across the world, including people here in Scotland.
“Police Scotland and the communities we serve are unanimous in our condemnation of this murder and other acts of violence by terrorists around the world. We stand collectively in defiance of such atrocities. Scotland is a welcoming and compassionate country with integrated and cohesive communities.
“Police Scotland is committed to keeping people safe. I urge all people in Scotland to continue working together to ensure nobody feels threatened or marginalised.
“We must all ensure that the threat posed by terrorists operating in both Syria and Iraq does not undermine the positive relationships which exist across Scotland. Should anyone witness or become the victim of Hate Crime they should contact Police Scotland immediately. Police Scotland will not tolerate any form of Hate Crime and we are committed to doing everything in our power to identify and bring those responsible to justice.
“At this time there is no specific threat to Scotland.
“However, given that the current overall threat level is severe, I would encourage everyone to remain vigilant. Police Scotland is working with law enforcement and security partners around the world to counter the threat from terrorism to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all communities.
“If anyone has any information or concerns about suspicious activity, they should contact Police Scotland on 101, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.
“In an emergency always dial 999. Police Scotland thanks you for your continued support.”