Threat Level update

Following recent terrorist incidents in France and Austria, the Head of Counter Terrorism Policing in the UK has changed the threat level from terrorism from ‘Substantial to ‘Severe’, meaning the likelihood of a terrorist attack in the UK is highly likely, although not based on a specific threat.

The Counter-Terrorism Unit stress however that, “Whilst we want the public to remain alert, they should not be alarmed by this change in threat level. We have a variety of established operational tactics that are tried and tested, to ensure that the UK is both well prepared and protected from the threat of terrorism.”

Council staff should not be unduly alarmed by the above announcement, but remain vigilant and be reminded of the following guidance:

Unattended Items

  • Do not touch
  • Try and identify an owner in the immediate area
  • If you still think it’s suspicious, don’t feel embarrassed or think anybody else will report it
  • Report it to a member of staff, security, or if they are not available dial 999 (do not use your mobile phone in the immediate vicinity)
  • Move away to a safe distance – Even for a small item such as a briefcase move at least 100m away from the item starting from the centre and moving out.


If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please contact Keith Colville (Emergency Planning) by email [email protected] or Roddy Ross (Safer Communities Team – 07833 045 863) for more information.