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UK Terror Threat Level Raised To 'Severe'

Jo Couzens, Sky News Online

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The terror threat level in the UK has been raised from "substantial" to "severe", meaning an attack is "highly likely".

Home Secretary Alan Johnson sought to reassure the public, saying: "I have to emphasise the fact it does not mean an attack is imminent."

He said the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) keeps the threat level under constant review and makes its judgements based on a "broad range of factors".

Mr Johnson said those factors include "the intent and capabilities of international terrorist groups in the UK and overseas".

He went on: "We still face a real and serious threat to the UK from international terrorism.

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"I would urge the public to remain vigilant and carry on reporting suspicious events to the appropriate authorities and to support the police and security services in their efforts to consider those involved in terrorism."

The Home Secretary added that specific details would not be made public.

"We never say what the intelligence is and it would be pretty daft of us to do that," he said.

"So we are not going to be specific publicly about this."

Mr Johnson insisted the decision to escalate the threat level is not specifically linked to the Detroit Christmas Day plane bombing attempt or any other incident.

The United Kingdom is raising their measures to effectively [be] where we are with the airport security measures that we have taken and announced over the last few weeks.

Sara Kuban, US Department of Homeland Security

The Detroit incident has moved the focus of the fight against terror to Yemen, where bomb suspect Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab reportedly claimed he was supplied with explosives.

"It shouldn't be thought to be linked to Detroit or anywhere else for that matter. We would obviously not be specific about those kinds of matters."

An official from the Department of Homeland Security told Sky News the increased threat level brings the UK in line with the US in terms of airport security measures.

"The United Kingdom is raising their measures to effectively [be] where we are with the airport security measures that we have taken and announced over the last few weeks," said Sara Kuban.

I have to emphasise the fact it does not mean an attack is imminent.

Home Secretary Alan Johnson

"We have enhanced our security measures and communicated specific information to industry, law enforcement and the American people."

The increase in the UK's threat level reverses a decision last July to downgrade the likelihood of a terror attack from "severe" to "substantial".

The threat level was first made public on August 1, 2006, when it was set at "severe".

It was raised to "critical" on August 10 that year after a series of arrests over an alleged plot to blow up transatlantic aircraft but lowered to "severe" again the following week.

The threat level was last at critical in June 2007, following the attack on Glasgow Airport and the failed car bombings in central London.

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Thun? Afgoon?

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UK Terror Threat Level Raised To 'Severe'

Jo Couzens, Sky News Online

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The terror threat level in the UK has been raised from "substantial" to "severe", meaning an attack is "highly likely".

Home Secretary Alan Johnson sought to reassure the public, saying: "I have to emphasise the fact it does not mean an attack is imminent."

He said the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) keeps the threat level under constant review and makes its judgements based on a "broad range of factors".

Mr Johnson said those factors include "the intent and capabilities of international terrorist groups in the UK and overseas".

He went on: "We still face a real and serious threat to the UK from international terrorism.

terror threat level

"I would urge the public to remain vigilant and carry on reporting suspicious events to the appropriate authorities and to support the police and security services in their efforts to consider those involved in terrorism."

The Home Secretary added that specific details would not be made public.

"We never say what the intelligence is and it would be pretty daft of us to do that," he said.

"So we are not going to be specific publicly about this."

Mr Johnson insisted the decision to escalate the threat level is not specifically linked to the Detroit Christmas Day plane bombing attempt or any other incident.

The United Kingdom is raising their measures to effectively [be] where we are with the airport security measures that we have taken and announced over the last few weeks.

Sara Kuban, US Department of Homeland Security

The Detroit incident has moved the focus of the fight against terror to Yemen, where bomb suspect Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab reportedly claimed he was supplied with explosives.

"It shouldn't be thought to be linked to Detroit or anywhere else for that matter. We would obviously not be specific about those kinds of matters."

An official from the Department of Homeland Security told Sky News the increased threat level brings the UK in line with the US in terms of airport security measures.

"The United Kingdom is raising their measures to effectively [be] where we are with the airport security measures that we have taken and announced over the last few weeks," said Sara Kuban.

I have to emphasise the fact it does not mean an attack is imminent.

Home Secretary Alan Johnson

"We have enhanced our security measures and communicated specific information to industry, law enforcement and the American people."

The increase in the UK's threat level reverses a decision last July to downgrade the likelihood of a terror attack from "severe" to "substantial".

The threat level was first made public on August 1, 2006, when it was set at "severe".

It was raised to "critical" on August 10 that year after a series of arrests over an alleged plot to blow up transatlantic aircraft but lowered to "severe" again the following week.

The threat level was last at critical in June 2007, following the attack on Glasgow Airport and the failed car bombings in central London.

Whats going down then?

Thun? Afgoon?

That says it all

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UK Terror Threat Level Raised To 'Severe'

Jo Couzens, Sky News Online

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The terror threat level in the UK has been raised from "substantial" to "severe", meaning an attack is "highly likely".

Home Secretary Alan Johnson sought to reassure the public, saying: "I have to emphasise the fact it does not mean an attack is imminent."

He said the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) keeps the threat level under constant review and makes its judgements based on a "broad range of factors".

Mr Johnson said those factors include "the intent and capabilities of international terrorist groups in the UK and overseas".

He went on: "We still face a real and serious threat to the UK from international terrorism.

terror threat level

"I would urge the public to remain vigilant and carry on reporting suspicious events to the appropriate authorities and to support the police and security services in their efforts to consider those involved in terrorism."

The Home Secretary added that specific details would not be made public.

"We never say what the intelligence is and it would be pretty daft of us to do that," he said.

"So we are not going to be specific publicly about this."

Mr Johnson insisted the decision to escalate the threat level is not specifically linked to the Detroit Christmas Day plane bombing attempt or any other incident.

The United Kingdom is raising their measures to effectively [be] where we are with the airport security measures that we have taken and announced over the last few weeks.

Sara Kuban, US Department of Homeland Security

The Detroit incident has moved the focus of the fight against terror to Yemen, where bomb suspect Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab reportedly claimed he was supplied with explosives.

"It shouldn't be thought to be linked to Detroit or anywhere else for that matter. We would obviously not be specific about those kinds of matters."

An official from the Department of Homeland Security told Sky News the increased threat level brings the UK in line with the US in terms of airport security measures.

"The United Kingdom is raising their measures to effectively [be] where we are with the airport security measures that we have taken and announced over the last few weeks," said Sara Kuban.

I have to emphasise the fact it does not mean an attack is imminent.

Home Secretary Alan Johnson

"We have enhanced our security measures and communicated specific information to industry, law enforcement and the American people."

The increase in the UK's threat level reverses a decision last July to downgrade the likelihood of a terror attack from "severe" to "substantial".

The threat level was first made public on August 1, 2006, when it was set at "severe".

It was raised to "critical" on August 10 that year after a series of arrests over an alleged plot to blow up transatlantic aircraft but lowered to "severe" again the following week.

The threat level was last at critical in June 2007, following the attack on Glasgow Airport and the failed car bombings in central London.

Whats going down then?

Thun? Afgoon?

That says it all

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means nothing to me

how are we now supposed to act? everyones still gta live, everyones still gta go out an go an earn a crust

f*ck the levels

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i would rather it be on critical tbh. its more fun

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is the detroit incident the nigerian guy

if so i despair

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it would help if they said were? when? how? and what time it will happen?

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it would help if they said were? when? how? and what time it will happen?

lol, i'm pretty sure only the terrorist himself could tell u this

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The threat to the UK from international terrorism has been raised from substantial to severe - meaning an attack is "highly likely".

Announcing the move, Home Secretary Alan Johnson said although the threat had increased there was no intelligence to suggest an attack was imminent. But he urged people to be vigilant.

He added that it was not specifically linked to the Christmas Day plane bomb plot or any other incident, although it comes ahead of a major counter-terrorism conference in London next week.

Mr Johnson said: "The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) has... raised the threat to the UK from international terrorism from substantial to severe.

"This means that a terrorist attack is highly likely, but I should stress that there is no intelligence to suggest that an attack is imminent.

"JTAC keeps the threat level under constant review and makes its judgments based on a broad range of factors, including the intent and capabilities of international terrorist groups in the UK and overseas."

He added: "The highest security alert is critical and that means an attack is imminent, and we are not at that level."

The minister said more measures had been taken to protect aviation since the alleged failed bomb attack on a plane at Detroit at Christmas.

"We have a very adept and very focused counter-terrorism facility in this country and people should be reassured by that."

The Christmas Day bomb plot has moved the focus of the fight against terror onto the Yemen, where suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has reportedly claimed he was supplied with explosives.

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Doesn't mean anything. Basically scare mongering. They'll keep raising and lowering.

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how many times do they wanna f*ck us up before we get the message fffs,

these guys are trolls

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I have no idea what you're on about tulse hill, but if this threat thing was true then it would have gone up just before this guy supposidly tried to blow up the plane.

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Doesn't mean anything. Basically scare mongering. They'll keep raising and lowering.

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They bars der

"I can't say too much right now but..."

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wtf has yemen got to do with sh*t?

its any back water country dont even have a lot of oil

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ohh i hope so its been pretty slow of recent

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LOL @ anyone actually believing the threat today is any more or less than it was say 5-6 months ago.

How convenient that in the midst of the Iraq enquiry the threat level has suddenly been raised. The word SPIN! comes to mind. When MPs expenses dominate the media what happens? Something is thrown out there to derail the minds of the general public. This automatically becomes front page material thus diluting any hate directed from the media towards the MPs.

Guess who's due to be called up to the Iraq Enquiry in the next few days? Tony Blair.

*Extremely slow yet loud claps* Bravo.

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at least peeps are on the ball

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