UK raises airport terror threat level

2011-01-07 09:31

kalahari.com

London - Britain has raised its terrorist threat level specific to major transport hubs, including airports and London railway terminals, from substantial to severe, a report said on Friday.

There was no suggestion of any intelligence of an imminent attack and security officials are stressing the change is precautionary, said the BBC.

The overall terror threat to Britain remained at the second-highest level of "severe" on Friday, where it has been for around a year and which means an attack is considered highly likely.

The highest level in the five-stage grading is "critical" which means an attack is expected imminently.

Beneath this overall system are threat levels for particular sectors of the national infrastructure which are not normally made public, reported the BBC.

Greater police presence

But the broadcaster said the threat level for major transport hubs, including airline terminals and major railway stations in London, had been increased from substantial to severe.

The BBC said the threat levels for specific sectors change quite often and are normally kept out of the public eye.

The latest change meant there was likely to be a greater police presence at airports and railway stations on Friday, added the broadcaster.

Sky News television and The Daily Telegraph newspaper earlier reported that transport police had cancelled leave for their officers and called for back-up to help deal with the heightened alert.

"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," London's Metropolitan Police said.

"There is a continuing need for everyone to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the police," a spokesperson for the Home Office, or interior ministry, added.

"Security at our airports remains at a high level and we remain vigilant at all times," said airport operator BAA, which runs London Heathrow and other terminals.

The reports of heightened security came after a suicide bombing on December 11 in Stockholm was linked to Britain, with the bomber having lived in Luton, just north of London, for the past few years.

It also came after nine men were charged at the end of December with planning attacks, reportedly in a pre-Christmas plot with a string of high-profile targets including the London Stock Exchange and the US embassy.
Read more on:    uk  |  security
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Food

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Mind power dominates and can help you to uncover things from a deeper level, but it can also create entanglements if you let your...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.