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Terrorism in the UK

The Counter Terrorism Policing network stretches across the UK. They work alongside MI5 and other partners to find information and evidence to thwart terrorist planning and help bring perpetrators to justice.

Recent events in the UK and around the world remind us all of the terrorist threat we face, which in the UK is considered as '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.

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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 and stay safe

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.

With the enduring terrorist threat, it is now more important than ever that everyone plays their part in tackling terrorism. Your actions could save lives. That’s why Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) is encouraging communities across the country to help the police tackle terrorism and save lives by reporting suspicious behaviour and activity. More information can be found at

To learn more about the police's role in safeguarding individuals vulnerable to radicalisation under the Prevent strategy, click here.

The chances of being caught up in a terrorist incident are low but sadly we have seen atrocities take place in the UK and abroad. It is important everyone stays alert and knows what to do if the worst was to happen.

If you hear gunshots you should:

RUN – to a place of safety. This is better than trying to surrender or negotiate.

HIDE – it is better to hide than confront. Barricade yourself in, turn your phone to silent and use only when it is safe to do so.

TELL – Make sure you know the local emergency numbers in the country you are travelling to. For all EU countries call 112.

Find out more about how to Stay Safe.


Radicalisation is the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies. If you are worried someone close to you is becoming radicalised act early and seek help. The sooner you reach out, the quicker we can protect the person you care about from being groomed and exploited by extremists.

Police forces across the country have specially trained Prevent officers who work alongside other organisations through a Home Office programme called Prevent to help people vulnerable to radicalisation move away from violent extremism. We are here to listen and offer help and advice. Receiving support is voluntary.

Friends and family are best placed to spot the signs, so trust your instincts and tell us your concerns in confidence.

We can help if you act early. You won't be wasting our time and you won’t ruin lives, but you might save them.

To find out more about how to help someone close to you visit

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Sports fans can play their part this season and Know The Game Plan by reporting any security concerns to stewards or staff.