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Britain’s terror threat level has been raised to ‘severe’ after a string of attacks across Europe.
Priti Patel confirmed the change which means it it is highly likely there could be an attack in the UK following atrocities in France and Austria in recent days.
The Home Secretary said: "The public should continue to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the police."
On Monday night four people were killed after they were gunned down in an attack in the Austrian capital of Vienna.
It followed a brutal knife attack at a church in Nice, France, while teacher Samuel Paty was also murdered in Paris in October.
The Home Secretary said the decision to up the UK’s threat level was “precautionary”.
But the change now means that it is ‘highly likely’ that an attack will be carried out in the UK.
The terror threat level had been at "substantial" since November last year, when it was lowered from "severe" for the first time in five years.
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Priti Patel said: “The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has changed the UK terror threat level from substantial to severe.
"This is a precautionary measure and is not based on any specific threat.
"The public should continue to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the police.”
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The "severe" level is the second-highest level, with only "critical" above it – which was reached in May 2017 after the Manchester Arena bombing.
‘Critical’ would mean an attack is highly likely “in the near future”.
Europe has been on high alert after multiple attacks carried out in just a matter of days.
An ISIS supporter armed with an assault rifle and a fake bomb vest was shot dead in Vienna having slaughtered four people and injured 22 others.
Boris Jonson said he was deeply shocked by the brutal attack.
He said on Twitter: "The UK's thoughts are with the people of Austria – we stand united with you against terror."
It came after France was subjected to three horrifying attacks in Paris, Nice and in Avignon.
A school teacher was beheaded by a terrorist after he showed his students cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
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