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UK terror threat level drops from ‘severe’ to ‘substantial’ – but attack still ‘likely’

The UK’s terror threat level has dropped from “severe” to “substantial”, the home secretary has said.

In a written statement to parliament, Priti Patel said the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) had lowered the UK national terrorism threat level from the fourth-highest to the third-highest level.

There are five terror threat levels in total – ranging from “low” to “critical”.

She said this was due to “the significant reduction in the momentum of attacks in Europe since those seen between September and November” last year.

However, with the terror threat level at “substantial”, it still means a terrorist attack is “likely”.

“Terrorism remains one of the most direct and immediate risks to our national security,” the home secretary said.

“‘Substantial’ continues to indicate a high level of threat; and an attack on the UK is still likely.

“The public should continue to remain vigilant and report any concerns to the police.

“The government, police and intelligence agencies continue to work tirelessly to address the threat posed by terrorism in all its forms and the threat level remains under constant review.”

JTAC is based at MI5’s headquarters in London and is made up of counter-terror experts from the police, government and security agencies.

The five terror threat levels are:

Low – an attack is highly unlikely
Moderate – an attack is possible, but not likely
Substantial – an attack is likely
Severe – an attack is highly likely
Critical – an attack is highly likely in the near future

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