Theresa May

United Kingdom Terror Threat Raised

August 29, 2014 | Nick Taylor

The United Kingdom terror threat level is being raised from “substantial” to “severe.”  The Home Secretary, Theresa May MP, has confirmed that there is no intelligence to suggest that an attack is imminent.  the decision to raise the level was made by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) on the basis of the very latest intelligence.

The five levels are: Critical – attack expected imminently, Severe – attack highly likely, Substantial – attack a strong possibility, Moderate – attack possible but not likely and Low – an attack unlikely

The terror threat is made public and was last changed in July 2011 when it was reduced to “substantial”.

The level is in direct response to the conflicts in Iraq and Syria and the number of people, estimated at 500, who  have travelled from UK to fight in Syria and potentially Iraq. 

The Prime Minister has made a statement and is expected to address the House of Commons again on Monday (1st September).

Today (Friday 29th August 2014), in a statement (14:45) he has said the following:

1 – He wants to set out the scale and nature of the [terror] threat we face

2 – Islamic State (IS) extremists represented a “greater and deeper threat to our security than we have known before”

READ HERE BBC ARTICLE – who are ISIS/Islamic State

3 – IS battle “is not some foreign conflict thousands of miles away from home” that UK can “ignore”

INTERACTIVE BBC ARTICLE – the rise of Islamic State

4 – He attacks “poisonous ideology of Islamist extremism” that believes in “using the most brutal forms of terrorism”

READ HERE BBC ARTICLE – How do you define Islamist extremism?

5 – He promises crackdown as terror threat level raised 

6 – He says “no knee-jerk reactions” or “sweeping new power” in response to IS but that he will give a Commons statement on Monday, including measures to make it easier “to take people’s passports away”

7 – He calls for “firm security response” and “uncompromising measures” against terrorists at home

Read more by clicking here – Politics Home 

National Policing Lead for Counter-Terrorism Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said security and protection measures were being increased immediately: “From this afternoon we will begin to increase our levels of visible patrols and implement other security and protection measures.  We will also build on existing community relations to provide reassurance and seek their support and assistance in keeping the UK safe.”

He urged communities and families to report anyone who is “vulnerable, a danger or escalating towards terrorism” by calling the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

BBC Analysis by Home Affairs Correspondent Dominic Casciani : Deradicalising Brits in Syria READ HERE