Amber Rudd announces terror threat level lowered from critical to severe

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Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said the UK’s threat level has been lowered from critical to severe.

The threat level was raised to critical – meaning another attack could be imminent – following the bombing on a rush-hour Tube on Friday.

Thirty people were injured when a makeshift explosive device was detonated on a District Line Tube near to Parsons Green station.

In the wake of the attack, anti-terror police launched a major investigation and have arrested two people on suspicion of terror offences.

London Tube bombing: What we know so far

On Sunday, the Home Secretary confirmed the threat level had been lowered back down to severe – meaning that members of the military will return to their original postings.

Over the weekend, military personal were supporting the police – allowing more armed officers to patrol the streets.

Amber Rudd: The Home Secretary said the terror threat level has been lowered (PA)

Ms Rudd said: “Following the attack in Parsons Green last Friday the police have made good progress with what is an ongoing operation

“The joint terrorist analysis centre, which reviews the threat level that the UK is under, has decided to lower that level from critical to severe.

“Severe still means that an attack is highly likely so I would urge everybody to continue to be vigilant but not alarmed.”

Parsons Green: 30 people were injured in the attack (Kerry Davies/Daily Mail)

It comes after police arrested a 21-year-old man in Hounslow at 11.50pm on Saturday. 

Searches are taking place at a residential address in Stanwell, Surrey, in connection with the arrest , Scotland Yard said.

An 18-year-old man was also detained in the departure area of Dover ferry port on Saturday morning.

Armed counter-terror police raid a house in Surrey

The Home Secretary has said it appears the bomber was not a lone wolf but it is “too early to reach any final conclusions on that”.

Asked if she could give any information on claims by Islamic State that there were other unexploded devices, she told BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show: “We don’t.

“It is inevitable that so-called Islamic State, or Daesh, will reach in and try and claim responsibility. We have no evidence to suggest that yet.”

Following Ms Rudd’s announcement, the country’s top counter-terrorism officer, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, said police were gaining a “greater understanding of the preparation of the device”.

Mr Rowley said the investigation was continuing with “high pace and rapid progress”, citing the arrests and on-going searches at the two properties.

“There is still much more to do but this greater clarity and this progress has led JTAC – the independent body that assess threat – to come to the judgement that an attack is no longer imminent,” he said in a statement.

He said that, “for practical and precautionary reasons” the increased police presence will continue for the beginning of this week, adding: “So the public will still see that high level of policing presence; some armed, some unarmed.”

Statement: Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley

He added: “The military support we have had in place under Operation Temperer will start to phase out as we move through the coming week. 

“I want to stress however, that specialist teams, well-rehearsed at dealing with major incidents, continue to provide a strong visible presence throughout the capital and across the UK.

“The last thing I would say to members of the public is that there is still a severe threat level. If you see something you are worried about or know somebody you are worried about don’t hesitate.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Anti-Terrorism Hotline 0800 789 321 or report online by visiting”

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