The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC), the organisation headed by MI5, has raised the UK threat level from substantial to severe. JTAC collates intelligence from multiple agencies around the UK and uses this data to form an overall picture of the threat posed to the UK.
A threat level of ‘Severe’ means that an attack on UK soil is ‘highly likely’.
The move comes just under 24 hours after a gunman launched an indiscriminate attack on members on the public who were enjoying a night out in the Austrian capital of Vienna.
Four people died after the gunman, who was shot and killed by the police, opened fire on members of the public with an automatic weapon. Dozens of people were seriously injured, including a police officer who is in a critical condition.
Last week three people were murdered in France after a knifeman went on the rampage in Nice. Last month, teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded in a targeted attack.
Talking about the move, Home Secretary, Priti Patel, said:
“The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has changed the UK terror threat level from substantial to severe.
“This is a precautionary measure and is not based on any specific threat.
“The public should continue to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the police”.
Members of the public can report any suspicious activity to the police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline: 0800 789 321. If your information does not relate to an imminent threat, you can also contact MI5.
For more information regarding the UK threat levels, including how you should respond, then visit MI5’s website by clicking HERE.
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