Published: Thu, May 25, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Full statement of UK Prime Minister Theresa May raising threat level

Full statement of UK Prime Minister Theresa May raising threat level

"We know that both al Qaida and Islamic State seek to conduct attacks in the United Kingdom, and that the UK's terror threat level has been at "severe" for three years". The move will see the army deployed to secure the country's key sites.

Theresa May also said that it was possible that there is a "wider group of individuals" involved in the Manchester explosion.

The terror threat level has been raised to its highest level of "critical", meaning further attacks may be imminent, she said.

Theresa May announced the threat level change, saying military personnel could be deployed to support armed police officers.

Scotland Yard has outlined Buckingham Palace, Downing Street, the Palace of Westminster and embassies as examples of locations which will be guarded by soldiers as part of Operation Temperer, but there are now no plans to extend that operation into Kent.

The British PM said: "This means that armed police officers responsible for duties such as guarding key sites will be replaced by members of the armed forces, which will allow the police to significantly increase the number of armed officers on patrol in key locations".

The Metropolitan Police say the public will see more armed officers "on proactive operations and targeted patrols".

The only other time the threat level was raised to "critical" was following the vehicle attack on Glasgow Airport on 30 June 2007, in which the only fatality was one of the assailants.

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The level was raised a second time in 2007 after a blazing vehicle loaded with propane canisters was driven into a crowded Glasgow Airport. "That is why the terrorists will never win, and we will prevail".

"The public would expect the police at this moment to be doing extraordinary things, everything possible to protect them".

"We know from past incidents that some attacks take years to plan, while others are put together more quickly".

South Wales Police now has the highest number of armed officers with 85, compared to 59 in Dyfed-Powys, 43 in North Wales and 41 in Gwent.

"All those extra police officers that we're putting on the streets already will be augmented by military support".

"Kent Police has not requested the support of military personnel at this time".

The MI5 website says: "Vigilance is vital regardless of the current national threat level", and that "sharing national threat levels with the general public keeps everyone informed".

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Meanwhile, British authorities busted a suspect in Wigan, a town in Greater Manchester , who was carrying a suspicious package. Hashem Abedi had been in touch with attacker Salman Abedi, Bin Salem said, and had travelled from Libya to Britain last month.

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