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UK terror threat level severe 'for at least five years'

UK terror threat level severe 'for at least five years'

The senior UK counter-terrorism officer at Scotland Yard has warned the terror threat level will remain at severe for at least the next five years. Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said the risk posed to the UK from terrorists was "an unknown threat in our midst".
He said it had been a "summer like no other", with four terror attacks in three months in London and Manchester.There are currently about 600 active counter-terrorism investigations.The UK's terror threat level has been at severe since October 2014, apart from a short period when it was raised to critical following the Manchester Arena attack.
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Mr Basu said he did not think the threat level would change before he retired in 2022, adding there had been a "shift" in the amount of investigative activity. In the week after the attack in Manchester, 3,000 calls were made to the anti-terrorism hotline.Addressing the Police Superintendents' Association annual conference, the deputy assistant commissioner said the authorities could not "arrest their way" out of terrorism because there would be a "revolving door" of suspects.
He called for more resources to be devoted to the Prevent strand of the government's counter-terrorism strategy, which he described as its "most important pillar". He also emphasised the importance of neighbourhood policing and response officers who had helped to deal with the recent terror attacks. "That's why we can't afford further cuts to wider policing, even if we remain safe with the CT [counter-terrorism] grant," he said.
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