MSP reflects on ‘horrific and cowardly’ terrorist attack

MORAY FAMILIES SHOULD be reassured at the increased level of security being brought in the way of the terrorist attack on Manchester earlier this week.

That is the view expressed by Moray’s MSP Richard Lochhead who has been speaking of the shock felt by everyone in his local community.

Echoing the thoughts of everyone in Moray and their sympathy for the victims of the “horrific and cowardly” attack, Mr Lochhead said: “Many Moray parents take their children to concerts and other large scale events across Scotland and the UK and will feel a profound sense of shock that such an event has been targeted.”

Mr Lochhead, a strong Aberdeen supporter, will be attending the Scottish Cup Final this weekend – with Manchester providing a poignant reminder of the dangers faced when attending such simple events.

He added: “Indeed, I know that like me many Moray families are planning to going to some of the bigger events in the coming days and in my case I will be joining many local families at the Scottish Cup Final in Glasgow.

“We can’t let the terrorists win and day to day life must continue. However, I know that people will welcome the fact that Police Scotland will have an increased presence at Hampden and other events this weekend.

“I welcome the reassurance provided by Police Scotland and the authorities that security is being stepped up at this sensitive time but it is important to note that there is no specific threat to Scotland.

“The army will also be taking over security at MOD locations to allow MOD police to assist the regular force.”