A Scotland Yard counter terrorist police chief has warned that a terrorist “attack remains likely” and stressed the national terror threat is at “substantial” as people return to crowded places.
The national policing lead for protective security Lucy D’Orsi said. “As a senior officer in counter terrorism it is my responsibility to share with the public where we see the current threat position.
“And what we see is that it is no different, it is still at substantial, so it is no different to where it was prior to lockdown.
“As we come out of lockdown, I think it is really important to remind people that the threat level from terrorism remains at substantial, which means an attack is likely.”
D’Orsi wanted to remind the public that we have just passed the three-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks that hit London Bridge and the Manchester Arena.
The Met Deputy Assistant Commissioner said, “We’re all going to look forward to going back to crowded places, iconic locations.
“I would just really ask that people stay alert as they were before.
“It was only in the last couple of weeks when we’ve been reflecting on London Bridge three years ago, Manchester Arena three years ago.
“We just need the public to stay alert and play their part in national security, to create a hostile environment for terrorists to operate in.”
She added, “There is a risk of radicalisation. We’ve adjusted some of our work in terms of stepping up the online work that we do.
“We’ve seen evidence that there has been a change in propaganda, which is seeking to divide communities, and I absolutely believe that communities defeat terrorism, so ensuring that the propaganda isn’t believed and the communities aren’t divided has really been important.”