The UK Government’s Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has decided that the current threat level for terrorism in the UK is now CRITICAL. This is the highest level and means an attack remains highly likely and may be imminent.
Keep to your normal routine – the terrorists only win if they change the way we live.
And that is not going to happen.
As a result of this the Metropolitan Police have asked for support from the military to be deployed alongside the police so expect to see lots of soldiers in town tomorrow.
This will free up armed police officers from certain guarding duties to and so release Met officers to support the wider the response.
How should you respond?
MI5 says that threat levels in themselves do not require specific responses from the public. They are a tool for security practitioners working across different sectors of the Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) and the police to use in determining what protective security response may be required.
Vigilance is vital regardless of the current national threat level.
It is especially important given the current national threat. Sharing national threat levels with the general public keeps everyone informed. It explains the context for the various security measures (for example airport security or bag searches) which we may encounter in our daily lives.
If you have information about possible terrorist activity, call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline: 0800 789 321.
The Anti-Terrorist Hotline is for tip-offs and confidential information. For warnings about possible bombs or other urgent threats please call 999.
Cheer up – it could be worse! Stuff the terrorists and everything they pretend to believe in.
When you see armed officers or military on the streets tomorrow give them a thumbs up and, letting your British reserve down for one moment, possibly a polite “Good morning officer!” as well.
Unless you are a terrorist of course in which case the last thing to go through your mind will be several well aimed shots to the head.