South Yorkshire police have issued a statement seeking to reassure Doncaster residents, after rumours of terror attacks taking place in the borough have begun to circulate on social media.
In the wake of the horrific Paris terror attacks, which led to 129 people being killed and hundreds more being wounded, rumours have begun to circulate on social media about the possibility of a terror attack at the Frenchgate on Black Friday, when thousands of shoppers are expected to flock to the shopping centre.
Concerned shopper, Trevor West wrote on Twitter: "Is there sufficient manpower to protect from attacks at @LoveMeadowhall and @frenchgate on Black Friday? Seems an easy target"
Rumours of terror attacks taking place in the region on Boxing Day have also begun to appear online.
The police have now issued a statement to reassure shoppers in Doncaster, and across the region.
A spokesman said: "We’re aware of posts on social media about a rumoured terror threat on Boxing Day & Black Friday.
"This type of message has circulated on social media in previous years on the run up to Christmas.
"We have no specific Intell (sic) to suggest there’s a threat on these days. Firms should provide their own security if they feel the need to
"People are asked to remain vigilant & report anything that could be terrorist-related via the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321."