National Terrorism Threat reduces to SEVERE

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The Prime Minister has today announced a reduction of the national terrorism threat level from CRITICAL to SEVERE.

This means that an attack is highly likely and we obviously urge the public to be alert.

Along with our partners we continue to do everything we can to help protect our communities.

Our security measures and activities, including those for pre-planned events, remain under constant review.

There remains no intelligence to suggest a specific threat to our communities within the Thames Valley area and we will continue to provide a visible policing presence across the Force area to provide reassurance to our communities. This includes patrols using armed and unarmed officers throughout the remainder of the Bank Holiday weekend.

Communities defeat terrorism - we depend on information from the public, you are also our eyes and ears, and everyone can play their part in the effort to keep us safe.  Please remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency call 999. In the rare event of a weapons attack occurring we urge you to follow the Run, Hide, Tell advice.

Notes to Editors
  • If you see anything that causes you concern then let us know immediately, if you have suspicions about someone’s behaviour, call the police on 101, the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 and in an emergency you should always call 999. 
  • The latest guidance on recognising the terrorist threat and remaining vigilant can be accessed via
  • For further information about reporting suspicious behaviour visit If you get caught up in the unlikely event of a weapons attack we urge you to follow the Run, Hide, Tell advice.

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