UK terror threat level raised to 'severe' - attack seen as 'highly likely'

In the aftermath of a second terrorist attack in France in as many weeks, and a day after a gunman in Vienna killed four people, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced that Britain's terrorism threat level has been raised to 'severe', meaning an attack is now seen as 'highly likely'.

Britain's threat level is assessed by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre which is accountable to the domestic intelligence agency MI5 and made up of representatives from 16 government departments and agencies.

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Home Office sources told the Telegraph the public should be 'alert but not alarmed' by the upgrading of the threat level which was last at severe exactly a year ago.

Image: By Katie Chan - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

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