Cities around the world have lit up their landmarks in the colours of the Union Flag, in solidarity with Manchester following the horrific terrorist attack on Monday. And on Tuesday thousands of people attended a vigil for the victims led by poet Tony Walks who read his poem ‘This Is The Place’ that pays a uniquely Mancunian tribute to a great city. In London and the City we stand together with the people of Manchester.

The threat level from international terrorism has now been raised to CRITICAL which meaning an attack is imminent. You should be aware this threat assessment applies to the UK as a whole and is not specific to London or the City.

Everyone is asked to remain alert but not alarmed. Please report anything suspicious direct to the police via the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321. In an emergency call 999.

People will notice an increased security presence in the Square Mile, but the City remains open for business.

As the Prime Minister said: “(…) while we mourn the victims of last night’s appalling attack, we stand defiant. The spirit of Manchester – and the spirit of Britain – is far mightier than the sick plots of depraved terrorists. That is why the terrorists will never win, and we will prevail.”

Union flag flying half mast for Manchester