UK terror threat downgraded to ‘substantial’

That means the official assessment of the danger of an attack in the near future has shifted from “highly likely” to a “strong possibility”.

Home Secretary Alan Johnson warned the country still faces a “real and serious” threat from terrorists and urged members of the public to remain vigilant.

The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, a unit within MI5, sets the level based on an analysis of intelligence.

The assessment covers potential attacks by al-Qaeda or linked extremist groups and the threat from dissident Republican and Loyalist terrorists in Northern Ireland.

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