Threat Level Reduced to Severe

This afternoon (Sunday September 17, 2017) following assessment by JTAC, the Home Secretary announced the UK threat level from international terrorism had been reduced from CRITICAL to SEVERE.

Police continue to investigate the terrorist attack at Parsons Green Underground Station on Friday, which left a number of people injured. Two men have been arrested in what is a large and complex ongoing investigation.

With the threat level at SEVERE an attack remains highly likely and the public are being urged to remain vigilant and alert. The police service and its partners continue to do everything they can to help protect the security of our citizens, public institutions, critical national infrastructure sites, businesses and places.

Commenting on the reduction of the threat level, AC Mark Rowley, said: “The threat level has reduced from Critical to Severe and members of the public will be wondering what that means in terms of their travel plans.

“For practical and precautionary reasons increased resources will continue for the beginning of this week and will remain under constant review. The public will therefore continue to see heightened security measures for the next few days.”

Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, said: “Following the terrorist attack in Parsons Green last Friday, the police have made good progress with what is an ongoing operation.

“The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, which reviews the threat level that the UK is under, have decided to lower that level from critical to severe.

“Now severe still means than an attack is highly likely so I would urge everybody to continue to be vigilant but not alarmed.

“As the Prime Minister said last Friday, the military were called to support the police so that armed police officers could have a greater presence on our transport network and on our streets.

“During the next few days the military will return to their original positions and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their hard work and also the police, the security services and the emergency services who did such a fantastic job combating what was done to Parsons Green on Friday.”


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