Terrorism threat level lowered

Terrorism threat level lowered to

 

Substantial

 

The UK threat level from terrorism has been reduced to Substantial

 

– meaning an attack is likely.

 

The decision to lower the assessment from Severe – meaning an attack is highly

 

likely – was made by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC). This is an

 

independent body of experts who evaluate available intelligence alongside terrorist

 

capability and intentions.

 

Head of Counter Terrorism Policing, Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, says:

 

The reduction to ‘Substantial’ indicates positive developments in reducing the threat

 

from terrorism but still means an attack is likely.

 

Counter Terrorism Policing has around 800 live CT investigations nationally and 24

 

attack plots have been thwarted since the atrocity in Westminster in March 2017.

 

So it is vital that we all maintain a high level of vigilance and continue to invest in

 

strong protective security measures to deter future attacks

 

Police need the continued support of the public and all our partners.

 

The festive period is fast approaching and, coupled with an election, our towns and

 

cities will be extremely busy. So we appeal to everyone to please remain vigilant

 

and if you see something that doesn’t seem right, act and contact police

 

at gov.uk/ACT.

 

In an emergency always call 999.

 

Officers will continue to monitor the threat locally and respond appropriately. There

 

will not be any change to our levels of commitment when it comes to protecting our

 

communities.

 

In July this year the threat level system was changed to reflect all forms of

 

terrorism, including from right and left wing terrorism.

 

The UK was last at Substantial in August 2014. Since then it has been at Severe,

 

rising briefly to Critical on two occasions in May and September 2017.

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