News 24 May 2017

UK terror threat has been raised to “critical”

24 May 2017

After the tragic events in Manchester this week, Theresa May has now announced that the UK’s terror levels have been raised to “critical”.

The Prime Minister made the declaration after signing a book of condolences for the victims of the Manchester terror attack.

A “critical” threat level is the highest possible and suggest another attack is imminent. It is the first time in a decade that the terror threat is so high.

May said that she did not want the public to feel “unduly alarmed” but said it was a “proportionate and sensible response”.

She added, “The work undertaken throughout the day has revealed that there is a possibility that we cannot ignore, that there is a wider group of individuals involved in this attack.”

The level was raised after investigators were unable to rule out whether Manchester bombing suspect Salman Abedi acted alone.

May also confirmed that as many as 5,000 military personal will be deployed to assist police forces across the country and at high profile events this week, including the FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley stadium.

Ariana Grande is still scheduled to perform at The O2 Arena tomorrow and Friday despite the tragic event at the Manchester Arena.