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Terrorism threat level changed

20 July 2009

The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC), which operates independently of Ministers, has changed the UK threat level from international terrorism from SEVERE to SUBSTANTIAL.

The means that a terrorist threat is a strong possibility and an attack might occur without further warning.

JTAC assesses the threat from international terrorism by considering all relevant intelligence and information. Its decision is based on a broad range of factors, including the currently assessed intent and capabilities of international terrorist groups.

The threat level can change - up or down - at any time in the future.

Statement from the Home Secretary

'Today, 20 July, the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) changed the UK threat level from international terrorism from severe to substantial. This means that a terrorist attack is a strong possibility.

'The change in the threat level to substantial does not mean the overall threat has gone away – there remains a real and serious threat against the United Kingdom and I would ask that the public remain vigilant.

'The decision to change the threat Level is taken by JTAC independently of Ministers and is based on the very latest intelligence, considering factors such as capability, intent and timescale. Substantial continues to indicate a high level of threat; and that an attack might well occur without further warning. The threat level is kept under constant review.'

What do you need to do?

This does not mean that the threat has gone away and we must not be complacent. The public should continue to be vigilant and report anything suspicious. But you should not let the fear of terrorism stop you from going about your day-to-day life as normal.

Find out more about what you can do to.

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