LONDON (AP) – Britain on Tuesday raised its terrorist threat level to a severe level, its second highest level, following recent attacks in Austria and France.
The serious threat level means that an attack in the UK is considered highly likely. The level was previously substantial, meaning an attack is considered likely.
Patel said the heightened security alert is a “precautionary measure and is not based on any specific threat.”
“The public must continue to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the police,” she said.
The UK government’s Joint Terrorism Analysis Center, established in June 2003, made the decision. The center assesses intelligence related to international terrorism, at home and abroad, defines threat levels and issues threat warnings and other terrorism-related information.