Terrorism

The Current Threat Level to the UK is severe.

There are 5 levels of threat:

  • low - an attack is unlikely
  • moderate - an attack is possible but not likely
  • substantial - an attack is a strong possibility
  • severe - an attack is highly likely
  • critical - an attack is expected imminently

Threat levels don’t have an expiry date. They can change at any time as different information becomes available.

The Government's long-term Counter Terrorism Strategy (CONTEST) aims to reduce the risk from international terrorism and domestic extremism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence. CONTEST is organised around four principal work streams:

  • Pursue: to stop terrorist attacks
  • Prevent: to stop people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism
  • Protect: to strengthen our protection against terrorist attack
  • Prepare: where an attack cannot be stopped, to mitigate its impact

For more information on CONTEST please visit the Home Office

What should I do if I witness suspicious activity?

If you think you have seen something suspicious or you are unsure about somebody's activities or behaviour, however insignificant it may seem at the time, call the confidential Anti-Terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321. A text phone service is available for people with speech or hearing difficulties on 0800 032 45 39 (text messages from mobiles are not accepted).

You can also send information using the Metropolitan Police’s confidential online form

Or by emailing Special Branch at Gwent Police

Suspicious activity could include someone:

  • Who has bought or stored large amounts of chemicals, fertilisers or gas cylinders for no obvious reason
  • Who has bought or hired a vehicle in suspicious circumstances
  • Who holds passports or other documents in different names for no obvious reason
  • Who travels for long periods of time, but is vague about where they’re going

NO piece of information is considered too small or insignificant.

Stay Safe

National Counter Terrorism policing is providing advice to the public on the steps they can take to keep themselves safe in the rare event of a firearms or weapons attack.

The four minute film below, Stay Safe: Firearms and Weapons Attack sets out three key steps for keeping safe. 

Run

  • Escape if you can
  • Consider the safest options
  • Is there a safe route? RUN, if not HIDE
  • Can you get there without exposing yourself to greater danger?
  • Insist others leave with you
  • Leave belongings behind

Hide

  • If you cannot RUN, HIDE
  • Find cover from gunfire
  • If you can see the attacker, they may be able to see you
  • Cover from view does not mean you are safe, bullets go through glass, brick, wood and metal
  • Find cover from gunfire e.g. substantial brickwork/heavy reinforced walls
  • Be aware of your exits
  • Try not to get trapped
  • Be quiet, silence your phone and turn off vibrate
  • Lock/barricade yourself in
  • Move away from the door

Tell

  • Ring 999

All situations are different and we recognise that people’s ability to Run, Hide, Tell will vary for reasons such as age, fitness and capability.

When running is not an option, people should make every effort to move away from the area as quickly as they can.  The RHT guidance highlights the importance of people caught up in such a scenario assisting those around them who may need help. Should an attack take place in a workplace, companies also have a duty of care to make provision to facilitate the evacuation of disabled employees and should have a bespoke plan in place in the event of an emergency situation.

The Run, Hide Tell advice highlights the importance of people who are caught up in a firearms or weapons attack, wherever possible, assisting those around them who may need help to move away from danger. For example, someone who is deaf or hard of hearing may be unable to tell where the source of a gunshot may be coming from, so may be unsure in which direction to go.

The initial priorities for Officers who respond to a firearms or weapons attack will be to assess the threat and risk, as well as the potential vulnerability of anyone caught up in the incident. Firearms Officers receive core training on how to deal with different communities, including those who are deaf or hard of hearing. This includes deaf awareness and pointers on how to interact with deaf or hard of hearing members of the public, and reminds them that they need to consider factors such as sensory impairment or communications difficulties.

Counter Terrorism Security Advisers (CTSA)

CTSAs devise and develop appropriate protective security plans to minimise impact on business sites and the surrounding community, they explain the threats from International Terrorism/Domestic Extremism and advise on resilience.

They are also responsible for the protective security of crowded places (areas where there may be large crowds who could be vulnerable to terrorist attack) for example shopping centres, sporting stadia, large clubs, pubs and bars, hotels, transport hubs, iconic sites and major events.

Further information can be obtained from the National Counter Terrorism Office

Or contact your local CTSA

You can also write to: Counter Terrorism Security Adviser, Gwent Police HQ, Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran, NP44 2XJ.