UK national terrorism threat level decreased from SEVERE to SUBSTANTIAL
Mon, 14 Feb 2022

The home secretary, Priti Patel, announced on Wednesday, 9 February 2022 the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) has changed the UK national terrorism threat level from 'Severe' to 'Substantial'. This means that a terrorist attack is 'likely'.

The decision to change the UK terrorism threat level is taken by JTAC, independently of ministers.

There are five levels of threat:

  • Low - an attack is highly unlikely
  • Moderate - an attack is possible but not likely
  • Substantial - an attack is likely
  • Severe - an attack is highly likely
  • Critical - an attack is highly likely in the near future

The Home Secretary said on Wednesday: "JTAC judges that, despite two attacks, the current nature and scale of the UK terrorist threat is consistent with the level of threat seen prior to the attacks.

"The attacks in October and November 2021 reflect the complex, volatile, and unpredictable nature of the terrorist threat in the UK.

"Terrorism remains one of the most direct and immediate risks to our national security. The public should remain alert, but not alarmed, and report any concerns they may have to the police."

Paul Abbott, the strategic Prevent lead for East Riding Council, and chair of the multi-agency Prevent board for the East Riding of Yorkshire, said: "Whilst the risk to the East Riding remains low, we can all play our part in keeping the East Riding of Yorkshire safe. 

"Please report any suspicious activity to police and make sure you are aware of what to do if you think someone is vulnerable to extremists. I strongly urge everyone to complete the Prevent online government training package."

The web link https://www.elearning.prevent.homeoffice.gov.uk offers an introduction to the Prevent duty and explains how it aims to safeguard vulnerable people from being radicalised to supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists themselves.

To find out more about Prevent and how to refer an individual for support to counter radicalisation, visit https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/living/crime-and-community-safety/preventing-terrorism/ or email Prevent@eastriding.cov.uk for further information and guidance.

If you believe that a threat is imminent please call 999.  


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