UK terror threat level reduced from critical to severe

Scene following the Manchester Attack - Picture: Ross Parry
Scene following the Manchester Attack - Picture: Ross Parry
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The UK terror threat has been reduced meaning troops will gradually be withdrawn from the streets.

Prime Minister Theresa May has today announced that the threat level has been lowered after a fresh series of arrests and raids.

The raids carried out have been linked to Monday's suicide bombing and currently 13 people have been have arrested in connection with the investigation.

Two of the men have since been released without charge. A total of 11 men remain in custody for questioning.

Troops will be gradually withdrawn from the streets from Monday onwards, having been drafted in to bolster police numbers, the Prime Minister said.

Assistant Chief Constable David Hartley, who is commanding this bank holiday weekend’s policing operation in South Yorkshire, said: “Extra armed and unarmed patrols will continue today for people’s safety and to provide reassurance, particularly given the number of public events taking place in South Yorkshire.

“Plans were already in place should the threat level have been reduced so we’ll now consider the implications for the rest of the weekend and explain what that looks like in the near future.”

The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) increased the threat level to "critical" - its highest level - on Tuesday meaning a further terror attack was considered "imminent".

It has now been reduced to "severe", meaning a further assault is "highly likely".