A group of Western Isles police officers have received an award for their work in
supporting the Barra community on Barra during the devastating events of the terrorist
bombing in Manchester in May last year.
Barra teenager Eilidh Macleod was tragically killed in the nail bomb blast. Her friend
Laura MacIntyre, 15, was seriously injured.
It placed the Isle of Barra at the centre of national and international news.
Police officers were assembled from across the Western Isles, supported by the Divisional
Flexible Policing Team, and working with partners and the local community, they quickly
became ‘The Barra Community Team.’
The group was last night presented with the Team of the Year title at the Scottish
Policing Excellence Awards event.
They also received the Deputy Chief Constable’s Award from Deputy Chief Constable
Rose Fitzpatrick who praised the “tremendous dedication, commitment and professionalism
of our officers and staff.”
There is no guidance on how to police in such circumstances, but their work received
high praise from the residents of Barra and elsewhere in the UK.
Barra police team praised for supporting community after tragedy