UK terror threat level raised to severe
- Credit: PA
The UK’s terrorism threat level has been raised after two attacks in the space of a month.
It is now listed as “severe”, which means an attack is “highly likely”.
The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre and MI5 are responsible for setting the international and domestic threat levels respectively.
Home secretary Priti Patel said: “The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, Jtac, are now increasing the United Kingdom’s threat level from substantial to severe.
“And there’s a reason for that, and that reason is because what we saw yesterday is the second incident in a month.”
The car explosion outside a Liverpool hospital on Remembrance Sunday has been declared a terrorist attack by police.
It comes after Conservative MP for Southend West Sir David Amess died during a constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex on October 15.
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Ms Patel said the “context” of there being two terrorist incidents in the space of a month was “really important” and while she could not expand “for obvious reasons”, she added: “I should just conclude my remarks by saying that our security and intelligence services prevent all sorts of acts, day in, day out.
“And of course, they understand the landscape, they see context, they see all sorts of things that keep our country safe and secure every single day and that work will continue.”