National Policing Lead for Counter-Terrorism, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said:
“The threat level from international terrorism has changed from SUBSTANTIAL to SEVERE in response to the developments in Syria and Iraq.
"This means it is highly likely that a terrorist attack could happen in the UK.
“We therefore continue to urge the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to police. We need communities and families to bring to our attention anyone they perceive may be vulnerable, a danger or escalating towards terrorism. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.
“Public safety is our priority and we have a variety of established operational tactics that are regularly used to ensure that the UK is both well prepared and protected. Over the years we have built capabilities and enhanced our security arrangements against a consistently high level of threat. Much of this is already in place. Our aim is to reduce the risk to the public and we keep our security arrangements under constant review in line with the threat we face.
“We have activated the established planning mechanisms across the police service, coordinated by me as National Policing Lead on Counter Terrorism. This will lead to enhanced prevention and preparedness.
“From this afternoon we will begin to increase our levels of visible patrols and implement other security and protection measures. We will also build on existing community relations to provide reassurance and seek their support and assistance in keeping the UK safe.”
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Unbelievably, even though the security risk level has been raised to the second highest ever, the police will still ignore lines of cars illegally ranking, illegally plying for hire, outside London's clubs and bars.
It's alleged on this blog that police in Coventry Street have been encouraging minicabs to form an illegal rank and illegally park on the pavement. After this new warning will the authorities revise this decision. We shall see later tonight.
Let's not forget, the car bombs left outside Tiger a Tiger and at the bottom of the Haymarket.
Only luck prevented car bomb carnage in West End.
Two cars laden with gas cylinders and 130 litres of petrol, each sprinkled with up to a thousand 2in clout nails, should have proved a deadly combination.
Forensic investigators found an overseen gap of less than 1mm between the phones and their detonators broke the initiator circuit.
If the bombs hadn't failed to ignite, we could have been mourning a disaster on the scale of the 7/7 London tube bombings.
Police and local council wardens took no notice of these cars as they were thought to be minicabs. In fact, to the trades horror and disbelief, cars were back outside Tiger a Tiger, illegally plying for hire withing 24 hours.