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Top Cop Joins Colleagues To Thank Renfrewshire Community

July 05, 2007 4:39 PM

Following the recent events at Glasgow International Airport, the officer in charge of policing in Renfrewshire would like to thank the local community for their ongoing support and assistance.
Speaking about the recent incidents, Chief Superintendent Johnny Gwynne, Divisional Commander, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde said:
"The challenges arising from the terrorist attack at Glasgow airport last weekend have been significant. The commitment from all agencies involved to resolve the situation was nothing short of remarkable.
“From a police perspective though I need to say a huge thank you to both local staff and colleagues from across the force (and indeed other forces) many of whom made sacrifices by returning from the middle of family holidays, cancelling other family commitments and time off to ensure the effectiveness of our part of the response.
“In addition, I have been impressed with the level of support and co-operation from the public both in Renfrewshire and wider afield. On behalf of all those involved in the police operation I would like to thank the public, in particular the passengers and visitors at Glasgow airport, for their patience and understanding during what must have been a very stressful time.
"In light of the media speculation and possible misinformation in the public domain I am concerned that some individuals may retaliate against members of other communities. Whilst such incidents have not, to our knowledge, occurred in Renfrewshire let me be clear - Strathclyde Police will not tolerate any acts of retribution undertaken by any individual. Such cases will be investigated robustly and dealt with accordingly. 
“I would strongly encourage anyone who might become the victim of harassment or any form of retribution to report it to their local police office as soon as possible. Now, more than ever before, there is a need for everyone to work together to build a secure future for all our communities.
"Local people should be aware that their safety is our utmost priority and will continue to be so. Accordingly, can I emphasise that we will continue to maintain our capability to respond to the thankfully rare incidents such as that which took place at the airport together with normal everyday business."
Strathclyde Police will continue to work closely with colleagues from BAA, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Renfrewshire Council.
Patient care at Paisley's Royal Alexandra Hospital - despite all the security issues and worldwide media attention - has remained the priority for the hospitals dedicated workers throughout the past five days.
The communities served by the hospital should share in the pride that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has in the RAH team.
While disruption has affected many parts of the hospital the sheer professionalism of staff has ensured that no operations have been cancelled and that normal services have continued throughout to patients.
Chief Operating Officer of acute hospitals, Robert Calderwood said:
"It is testament to the hospital and all who work there that since Sunday night 25 babies have been born in the maternity unit. The outpatient departments have continued to deliver care to 898 patients, and 462 people have attended the Accident and Emergency Unit ... with every single one of them receiving treatment within the four hour guarantee time.
He added:
"This is a quite remarkable achievement considering the stresses and challenges imposed on the staff at this time."
Mr Calderwood also re-emphasised the valuable role that overseas doctors and other staff continue to make at the Paisley hospital and elsewhere within the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde health system.
Chief Executive David Martin of Renfrewshire Council said: 
"I'd like to pay tribute to Renfrewshire Council employees, staff at Glasgow Airport and the RAH and, of course, Strathclyde Police, who have pulled together and demonstrated what partnership working and public service is all about in the face of considerable pressure over the last few days.
"I'd also like to express my appreciation of the patience shown by communities across Renfrewshire in dealing with the disruption caused."
Gordon Dewar, Managing director of Glasgow Airport, said:
"The airport is open for business and usual, and passengers are continuing to travel in their thousands. All terminals and car parks are open, public transport is operating, and you can drive to the airport as normal.

"This is, of course, a busy time for Glasgow Airport and our staff have worked tirelessly to return the airport to normal, so that our passengers are able to enjoy their holidays without delay.

"I want to thank passengers, emergency workers and airport staff for their support over the past few days. Within 24 hours of Saturday's attack, the airport was back in business. I think that speaks volumes for the resilience of the Scottish people who have shown the world that they will not be intimidated by the terrorists."
 
NOTES TO NEWS EDITORS
 
Chief Superintendent Johnny Gwynne is available for media interview.
For further information please contact Elisa Dunn at Strathclyde Police, Corporate Communications on 0141 532 2812.

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