Risk of Irish related terrorism has increased
The threat level from Irish related terrorism has been raised from moderate to substantial.
Whereas the threat from international terrorism remains at severe, the threat from Irish related terrorism has increased.
Quoted on the Home Office website the Home Secretary, Theresa May, said,
The director-general of the Security Service has informed me that he has raised the threat to Great Britain from Irish-related terrorism from moderate to substantial, meaning that an attack is a strong possibility. Judgments are based on a broad range of factors, including the intent and capabilities of terrorist groups.
'This is the first time we have published the Irish-related threat assessment to Great Britain. This is in the interests of transparency and to encourage people to remain vigilant.
'The first and most important duty of government is the protection and security of the British people. We have been consistent in stating that the threat to the UK from terrorism is real and serious. The balance we aim to strike is keeping people alert but not alarmed. I would urge the public to report any suspicious activity to the police and security services in their continuing efforts to discover, track and disrupt terrorist activity.
What are the threat levels?
There are five threat levels:
- critical - an attack is expected imminently
- severe - an attack is highly likely
- substantial - an attack is a strong possibility
- moderate - an attack is possible but not likely
- low - an attack is unlikely
The key message is that you should always be alert - look out for anything suspicious such as unattended bags on public transport or suspicious behaiviour.
if you see anything suspicious you must do something:
- If it's an immediate threat dial 999
- If you see something suspicious or out of place call the police or Anti-Terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321
Visit the Home Office website for more information.
For advice on staying safe when travelling abroad, visit the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website for more information.
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