Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that the UK’s terror threat level has been raised from ‘severe’ to ‘critical’.
The announcement comes after a suicide bomb attack took the lives of 22 people and injured another 59 at an Ariana Grande gig in Manchester.
Theresa May said:
It is a possibility that we cannot ignore that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack.
Raising the level to critical means that military personnel could be deployed to support armed police officers – part of a plan known as Operation Temperer.
The change in the threat level means there will be additional support available to the police as they work to keep us safe.
Operation Temperer is now in force.
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The new threat level, which is the highest possible level, means another terror is expected imminently.