Threat levels

Whilst recent events in London, Manchester, and around the world are very concerning, there is no specific intelligence of a threat relating directly to Lancashire at this time.

Prevention and early intervention, as with other forms of criminality, are now seen as key to reducing risk in the longer term.

International terrorism

International terrorism goes beyond national boundaries in terms of the methods used, the people that are targeted, or the places from which the terrorists operate.

Current threat from international terrorism

The current threat level for international terrorism in the UK is SEVERE. This means an attack is highly likely.

Northern Irish related terrorism

The threat level for Northern Ireland-related terrorism is set separately for Northern Ireland and Great Britain (England, Wales, and Scotland).

The current threat level for Northern Ireland-related terrorism in Northern Ireland is SEVERE.
This means an attack is highly likely.

The current threat level for Northern Ireland-related terrorism in Britain is MODERATE.
This means an attack is possible, but not likely.

What the threat levels mean

The terrorist threat levels are designed to give a broad indication of the likelihood of a terrorist attack.

  1. LOW means an attack is unlikely.
  2. MODERATE means an attack is possible, but not likely
  3. SUBSTANTIAL means an attack is a strong possibility
  4. SEVERE means an attack is highly likely
  5. CRITICAL means an attack is expected imminently

For further information on threat levels and how they are allocated, visit the Mi5 website.

Members of the public should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and report any suspicious activity to the police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline: 0800 789 321 if your information does not relate to an imminent threat.


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