The upgrade means an attack is now deemed ‘highly likely’ (Picture: PA)
The UK’s terrorism threat level has been increased from ‘substantial’ to ‘severe’ in the wake of the explosion outside a Liverpool hospital on Remembrance Sunday.
It means an attack is now deemed to be ‘highly likely’, but not imminent.
The upgrade comes after a suspected terrorist blew himself up with a homemade bomb in a taxi outside the Liverpool Women’s Hospital shortly before 11am on Sunday.
Police have declared the blast a terrorist attack but said the motive remains unclear.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been hosting an emergency Cobra meeting on Monday afternoon in response to the incident.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said the terror threat level had been raised because there had been two attacks in the space of a month.
Speaking to broadcasters, she said: ‘The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, Jtac, are now increasing the United Kingdom’s threat level from substantial to severe.
‘And there’s a reason for that, and that reason is because what we saw yesterday is the second incident in a month.’
Exactly a month ago, Conservative MP Sir David Amess was stabbed to death during a constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex in what is also being treated as an alleged terror attack.
Priti Patel said the move followed a second attack in the space of a month (Picture: PA)
The threat level was last raised back in November last year following attacks in Austria and France.
It was lowered to ‘substantial’ in February of this year before being raised again today.
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