Raising of threat level to Severe – Statement by Warwickshire Police DCC Alex Franklin Smith
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“As a result of two incidents in this country in the past few weeks, you will have seen in the news that the UK terrorism threat level has been increased from substantial to severe.
“This means that it is considered ‘highly likely’ that a further attack could occur.
“The events in Liverpool over the weekend, the murder of MP Sir David Amess in Essex and the resulting change in threat level will no doubt be a cause of significant concern, and I wanted to give some information and reassurance about what this means for us all here in Warwickshire.
“The change in the threat status is in response to those recent events and is a precautionary measure, not based on any specific threat.
“But we do all need to be vigilant.
“Warwickshire Police will continue to be visible in our communities, and will be working with partner agencies, local businesses and faith groups to share information and advice on security, what to be on the look-out for and how to report any concerns.
“Communities defeat terrorism, and we are asking that the public remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the police. Our efforts can only succeed with the support of the public, and communities across the country have shown time and time again that they are united in their rejection of any who seek to divide us.”
If you do see anything suspicious then please report it, in confidence, to the anti-terrorist hotline – 0800 789 321 – or via www.gov.uk/ACT
More information about what to do if you are concerned about the behaviour of someone close to you can be found on the https://actearly.uk website, including how to spot the signs of radicalisation and where to go for support.