UK terror threat raised to 'critical'

The United Kindgdom was braced for further terrorist attacks following the Manchester atrocity as Prime MinisterTheresa May said the threat level was being raised to its highest possible rating.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 23rd May 2017, 11:11 pm
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:18 pm
People gather for a vigil in Albert Square outside Manchester Town Hall
People gather for a vigil in Albert Square outside Manchester Town Hall

In a live televised statement from Downing Street, the Prime Minister said the terror threat level would be increased to "critical", meaning an attack was expected imminently as it was possible a "wider group of individuals" could have been involved in the Manchester Arena attack rather than just suicide bomber Salman Abedi.

In a sign of the increased threat, the military could be deployed to support armed police officers, Mrs May said.

Monday night's attack at a concert by US pop star Ariana Grande left 22 people dead, including an eight-year-old girl, and dozens injured.

Speaking at Number 10, Mrs May said: "The spirit of Manchester and the spirit of Britain is far mightier than the sick plots of depraved terrorists.

"That is why the terrorists will never win and we will prevail."