UK terrorism threat level changes to “Substantial”
The UK’s terrorist threat level has been reduced from “Severe” to “Substantial”.
Theresa May (UK Home Secretary) announced:
“The change in the threat level to substantial does not mean the overall threat has gone away – there remains a real and serious threat against the United Kingdom and I would ask the public to remain vigilant.”
Today; the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) changed the UK threat level from international terrorism from severe to substantial. This means that a terrorist attack is a strong possibility and might well occur without further warning.
Threat levels are defined by JTAC (Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre) independently of ministers and it is based on the latest intelligence, considering factors such as capability, intent and timescale.
The five levels are:
- 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
In Northern Ireland it is Severe – this means that a terrorist attack is highly likely.