The Government has today lowered the risk of a terrorist threat from severe to substantial, meaning that an attack is still likely. The decision to lower the level was made by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) and is the first time it has been lowered to this level since August 2014. JTAC was established in June 2003 and is based in MI5’s headquarters at Thames House in London.
Head of Counter Terrorism Policing, Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, said in a statement:
“The reduction to ‘Substantial’ indicates positive developments in reducing the threat from terrorism but still means an attack is likely. Counter Terrorism Policing has around 800 live CT investigations nationally and 24 attack plots have been thwarted since the atrocity in Westminster in March 2017. So it is vital that we all maintain a high level of vigilance and continue to invest in strong protective security measures to deter future attacks.”