Following the shocking Remembrance Day terrorism incident outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital on Sunday 14th, the UK terror threat level has been raised to severe, having only been reduced to substantial earlier this year in February.
Further details have been released on the incident, with counter terrorism police identifying the bomber as Emad Al Swealmeen, and evidence suggesting he had been plotting the crime from as early as April. Investigations are continuing.
The UK has five threat levels, ranging from low to critical. The last time the threat level was raised to critical was May 2017, following the Manchester attack at an Ariane Grande concert.
The threat level in the UK is determined by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre and M15 security service. A severe threat means that another attack is ‘highly likely’, the level will remain in place until the task force deems it acceptable to be dropped.
Announcing the threat increase, Home Secretary Priti Patel highlighted that the incident outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital was the second in a month. During her speech she highlighted the need for vigilance without fear, stating: “It is important that the public remains alert to the threat from terrorism but not alarmed. I urge anyone with information or who suspects any suspicious activity to report it to the police.”