PSNI lend support after Manchester and London terror attacks

Det Insp Connie Hampton and some of the Hostage Negotiator team who travelled to Manchester Image copyright Psni
Image caption Det Insp Connie Hampton and some of the Hostage Negotiator team who offered help in the aftermath of the Manchester attack

Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) officers assisted English colleagues following the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London.

Four negotiators helped Greater Manchester Police in investigation and arrest operations following the 22 May bombing.

They assisted counter terrorist firearms officers.

The PSNI Casualty Bureau supported the Metropolitan Police after the London Bridge attack.

Det Insp Connie Hampton, a full-time counter terrorism negotiator within the PSNI, was among those who travelled to Manchester following the bombing.

She added that the PSNI team was deployed to assist in house entry and operations leading to the arrest of three terrorist suspects.

"For two 12-hour periods we provided the main negotiator expertise for the entire Manchester operation," she said.

She said: "These are highly dynamic and potentially unpredictable operations.

'Greater level of assistance'

"Negotiators have an essential role in assisting specialist firearms colleagues to complete these operations in the safest way possible."

Det Insp Hampton said the PSNI team was used to dealing with terrorist and paramilitary activity in Northern Ireland.

"This was the first time we had put our international counter-terrorism training into practice," she said.

Ten officers from the PSNI Casualty Bureau supported the Metropolitan Police after the London attack, taking calls from concerned members of the public.

Ch Insp Natalie Wilson from the PSNI's Casualty Bureau said that it was one of a number of casualty bureaux across the UK.

"The focus is very much on providing 'mutual aid' to other police forces and each Casualty Bureau is 'switched on' as and when a greater level of assistance is requested," she said.

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