The terror threat to the UK has been raised from substantial to severe, Home Secretary Theresa May has announced.
This means that a terrorist attack is “highly likely”, although Mrs May stressed that there is no information to suggest an attack is imminent.
She said: “The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) is responsible for setting the national threat level. That informs the decisions of security professionals across the public and private sectors about the appropriate level of security in place across the United Kingdom.
“JTAC’s judgements about that threat level are made on the basis of the very latest intelligence and are independent of ministers.
“JTAC has today raised the threat level to the UK from international terrorism from SUBSTANTIAL to SEVERE. That means that a terrorist attack is highly likely, but there is no intelligence to suggest that an attack is imminent.”