UK's terror threat level reduced to 'severe'

It indicates that an attack is highly likely rather than imminent

UK's terror threat level reduced to 'severe'

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Updated at 12:44

The UK's terror threat level has been reduced from "critical" to "severe", the Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed.

At an emergency COBRA meeting, the independent Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre advised that the UK should return to the second-highest level, which indicates an attack is highly likely rather than imminent.

Operation Temperer, which has seen armed soldiers support police on the streets, will be gradually stood down after the bank holiday weekend.

The terror threat level had been upgraded to "critical" following the Manchester bombing. 

Evacuation 

Earlier, an evacuation on Moss Side in Manchester took place as part of a search linked to the Manchester terror attack.

Greater Manchester Police described the evacuation in the inner-city area as a "precautionary measure to ensure everyone's safety".


Two further arrests were made in connection with the Manchester bombing after raids took place overnight. 

In total eleven men have been taken into custody after the attack. 

The Greater Manchester Police released an update overnight saying that they had arrested two people at an address in Cheetham Hill in the city. 

They also said that a controlled explosion took place before they could gain entry into the premises. In total 13 people have been arrested over the attack but two were later released without charge. 

 

Increased security 

Police in the UK say they want people to 'enjoy themselves' as security's increased at today's FA Cup final at Wembley, the Premiership Rugby Cup Final as well as The Great Manchester Run on Sunday. 

Police say they have made 'immense' progress' with the investigation into the associates of suicide bomber Salman Abedi and also said that a "large part" of his suspected network had been dismantled.

Chief constable Ian Hopkins says there'll be no let-up over the weekend.

 Shopworker Mohammed El-Hadouri says his business partner recently rented a flat to suicide bomber Salman Abedi.

He says there were 'strange' things happening at the property during the time he rented it.