UK terrorism threat level raised to critical

Written by staff reporter

The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has advised that the UK threat level be increased from severe to critical. This is the highest level of security preparedness in the UK. The change comes after 22 people were killed in a terrorist attack at Manchester Arena Monday night. Fifty-nine people were also injured, and some are still missing.

Theresa May announced the change after chairing a meeting of the government's emergency COBR committee, adding that military personnel will help armed police officers guard key sites.

“As a result of the JTAC’s decision,the police have asked for authorisation from the Secretary of State for Defence to deploy a number of armed military personnel in support of their armed officers," she said. "This request is part of a well-established plan, known as Operation Temperer, in which both the armed forces and the police officers involved are well-trained and well-prepared to work in this kind of environment. The Secretary of State for Defence has approved this request, and Operation Temperer is now in force,” she added.

“I do not want the public to feel unduly alarmed,” May added. “We have faced a serious terrorist threat in our country for many years. And the operational response I have just outlined is a proportionate and sensible response to the threat that our security experts judge we face. I ask everybody to be vigilant, and to cooperate with and support the police as they go about their important work.”

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