Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan police commissioner, has revealed an attack on UK shores is “highly likely”.
Speaking in the wake of the recent attacks in France and Germany, he said: “I know that with each new outrage and especially those on our doorstep in Europe, there is a greater sense of fear that Britain will be the next victim in this wave of cruel and mindless mass murder.
“I feel and understand that fear and as the police officer in charge of preventing such an attack, I know that you want me to reassure you. I am afraid I cannot do that entirely.
“Our threat level has been at severe for two years – it remains there. It means an attack is highly likely.”
The current threat level for international terrorism in the UK is severe, meaning an attack is highly likely. There is only one level above severe: critical – which means an attack is expected imminently.
The threat level has been at severe since August 2014. It was announced by the then Home Secretary Theresa May as a response to conflict in Iraq and Syria, home to terrorist groups such as ISIS.
There is also a substantial threat of Northern Ireland-related terrorism in Britain, meaning an attack is a strong possibility in England, Scotland and Wales.
Credit: Belfast Telegraph