Category Archives: National Security

NCA Investigation Launched After Migrants Found On Yacht

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has begun an investigation after the discovery of eight illegal migrants on a yacht. The vessel, a 46 foot motor cruiser, was intercepted by the Border Force cutter ‘Seeker’ and a coastguard helicopter on 6th November. The boat was escorted into Portsmouth where it was met by the police and Border Force officials.  Eight Albanian

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Terrorism Threat Lowered To ‘Substantial’ From ‘Severe’ For The First Time In Five Years

The UK threat level from terrorism has today (Monday 4 November 2019) 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).  JTAC is an independent body of experts who evaluate available intelligence alongside terrorist

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Man Admits To Smuggling 60 Guns Into The Country

Irish national Robert Keogh, 37, was stopped at 5 am on Friday 2nd August this year by Border Force officers at the Port of Dover en route from Calais. Keogh left the UK through Dover several days earlier. He told officers he was returning from Europe and had “just been driving around”. However, an initial search of his car, a

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Met Police Confirms Second Officer Was Contaminated With Novichok Following Salisbury Attack

Detectives from the Counter-Terrorism Policing (CTP) network, who are investigating the Novichok attack in Salisbury, have confirmed that traces of the nerve agent have been found in a blood sample which was taken at the time from a second police officer. The officer from Wiltshire Police, who does not wish to be identified, was involved in the response to the

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RAF Quick Reaction Alert Typhoons Scrambled From UK And Estonia To Intercept Russian Aircraft

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that RAF Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) Typhoon fighter aircraft scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth, with an RAF Voyager from RAF Brize Norton, to monitor two Russian Bear maritime patrol aircraft approaching UK airspace. Meanwhile, RAF Typhoons deployed on NATO Baltic Air Policing also scrambled from Amari airbase to intercept a Russian Bear bomber and two

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Male Detained Under The Terrorism Act After Grenades, A Firearm And A ‘Quantity Of Chemicals’ Found At An Address

The Met Police Counter Terrorism Command is leading a detailed investigation into several suspicious items which were found at an address in Suffolk. A man previously arrested by Suffolk Constabulary on suspicion of a firearms offence has been further arrested on suspicion of a terrorism offence. On Sunday 28th July, officers from Suffolk Constabulary carried out a pre-planned operation at

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HMS Duncan Arrives In The Gulf

HMS Duncan, the Type 45 Destroyer, has arrived in the Gulf as the UK steps up its maritime security operation in the area. A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence said: “Freedom of navigation is crucial for the global trading system and world economy, and the Government has committed to doing all it can to defend it. “Last week the

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MOD To Develop Cutting-Edge Laser And Radio Frequency Weapons

The state-of-the-art weapons systems, known as Directed Energy Weapons (DEW), are powered solely by electricity and operate without ammunition. The systems could be fuelled by a vehicle’s engine or a generator, significantly reducing their operating costs and providing unprecedented flexibility on the frontline. In a Prior Information Notice (PIN) published this week, the MOD announced it is seeking to develop

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MOD Confirms That Chinooks To Stay In Mali To Help In Fight Against Violent Extremism

Three Chinook helicopters and almost 100 service personnel have been deployed to the French-led operation in Mali since 2018. On a visit to Northwood Headquarters in North London, the Prime Minister announced that UK forces would be staying in the region. The UK’s helicopters bring a unique logistical capability to the operation, allowing French ground forces to operate more effectively

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Man Who Threatened To Kill MP Had Also Plotted To Kill A Detective Who Was Investigating Him Over Child Sex Offences

Further disturbing details have emerged in the case of Jack Renshaw after reporting restrictions on his case were lifted yesterday. Lancashire police have revealed that on the second day of a four-week trial at the Old Bailey in July 2018, 23-year-old Renshaw from Skelmersdale shocked jurors by pleading guilty to threatening to kill a police officer who was investigating him

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