UK terror threat level drops from 'severe' to 'substantial'

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The terror threat level in the UK has dropped from "severe" to "substantial", the home secretary has said.

In a statement, Priti Patel said the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) lowered the UK national terrorism threat level but said it still meant "that a terrorist attack is still likely".

She said: "The decision to lower the threat level from severe to substantial is due to the significant reduction in the momentum of attacks in Europe since those seen between September and November 2020. However, the UK national threat level is kept under constant review and is subject to change at any time.

"Terrorism remains one of the most direct and immediate risks to our National Security. Substantial continues to indicate a high level of threat; and an attack on the UK is still likely. The public should continue to remain vigilant and report any concerns to the police.

"The government, police and intelligence agencies continue to work tirelessly to address the threat posed by terrorism in all its forms and the threat level remains under constant review."