The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) has today lowered the threat level to SUBSTANTIAL – meaning an attack is likely.
The decision to lower the assessment from SEVERE – meaning an attack is highly likely – was announced by the Home Secretary in Parliament this afternoon. JTAC judges that, despite the latest two attacks, the current nature and scale of the UK terrorist threat is consistent with the level seen prior to the attacks. The attacks in October and November 2021 reflect the complex, volatile and unpredictable nature of the terrorist threat in the UK.
JTAC keep the threat level under constant review. This is a systematic, comprehensive and rigorous process, based on the very latest intelligence and analysis of internal and external factors which drive the threat.
Counter Terrorism Policing continue to urge the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the police. We ask that people are not complacent. The threat has not gone away but we can reassure you that policing, and our partners, have a variety of established operational tactics that are tried and tested to ensure the UK is both well prepared and protected from the threat of terrorism.
Communities defeat terrorism. We depend on information from the public, who can be our eyes and ears, in our efforts to keep us all safe. We advise the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity, in confidence, or in an emergency the public should always call 999.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Specialist Operations for the Metropolitan Police, Matt Twist, said: “The reduction of the threat level is good news, and should be seen at least in part as recognition of the excellent work carried out by each of you and all of our colleagues across the UK intelligence community to grip the threats and risks we know about.
“But as we all know, we cannot allow this announcement to distract the public and our partners from the threat we still face. The last two attacks in 2021 came during a time when the threat level was Substantial, and we know given how diverse and unpredictable some of our threats can be, this is not the time to relax.
“As we tell the public each time an announcement like this is made - we are still running more than 800 live CT investigations so this is not the time for complacency. The threat level may have reduced, but Substantial still means an attack is likely.
“Our appeal to the public remains the same, everyone should remain vigilant and contact police if they have any concerns or witness any suspicious activity.”