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UK terrorism security threat level raised at transport hubs

The terrorist threat level specific to major UK transport hubs has been raised from substantial to severe.

The move includes airports and London railway terminals, although there is no suggestion of any intelligence of an imminent attack.

The threat to the UK overall remains where it has been for the past year at the second-highest level, “severe”.

Security officials are stressing the change is precautionary.

Visible presence

The overall national threat level at severe means a terrorist attack is highly likely.

Officials say if there was any intelligence of an imminent threat or a plot under way the threat level would be raised to its highest level, “critical”.

In practice, the move means more police are likely to be visible at airports and railway stations from Friday 7 January 2011.

‘Remain vigilant’

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “The threat level to the UK is at severe, which means that an attack is highly likely, and has been since January 2010.

“We will police accordingly and use a range of covert and overt tactics which remain under constant review.”

The Home Office said there was a “continuing need for everyone to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the police”.

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