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UK terror threat lowered to 'substantial'

The terror threat level in the UK has been downgraded to its lowest level in 5 years, with the threat of a terrorist attack now being 'substantial'.

This means that an attack in the UK is still 'likey', but not 'highly likely', as under the previous threat level of 'severe'.

The assessment of the terror threat level is made independent of the government and politics by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre - part of MI5. There are five different threat levels - low, moderate, substantial, severe and critical. The threat levels were introduced by the UK government in 2006.

When announcing the change to the threat level, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel said;

"Despite the change in the threat level, terrorism remains one of the most direct and immediate risks to our national security."

"As ever, the public should remain vigilant and report any concerns they may have to the police.

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

The threat level was last at 'substantial' back in 2014. In 2017, the threat level was, for a period, raised to critical, following the Manchester Arena bombing during an Ariana Grande concert.