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Terrorism in the UK

Terrorist attacks in the UK are rare but they can happen at any time or place without warning. The current threat to the UK from international terrorism remains "SEVERE", meaning an attack is highly likely.

To tackle this danger the police and security services are working tirelessly to pursue suspects, safeguard vulnerable people and protect public spaces.

The public should be alert, but not alarmed. We advise them to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity.

Communities defeat terrorism

The cooperation between the public and the police is a powerful defence. Consequently, in recent years, attacks have been prevented and lives have been saved.

Terrorists have to plan and prepare to commit attacks; this involves researching possible targets, communicating with fellow extremists, obtaining, stockpiling or storing weapons and materials, carrying out surveillance and doing "dry-runs".

We depend on information from the public. They can be our eyes and ears, and help keep themselves, neighbours and communities safe by reporting suspicious activity or behaviour.

How you can help

If you have any information about suspicious activity or behaviour please contact us, in confidence, on 0800 789 321, or by completing this secure form.

In an emergency the public should always dial 999.

If you get caught up in the rare event of a firearms or weapons attack we urge you to Run, Hide, Tell.