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UK terror threat at ‘severe’ following Remembrance Sunday explosion

The terror threat of the UK has been raised to ‘severe’ following an explosion that took place in Liverpool on Remembrance Sunday

The change means a terror attack is “highly likely” across the country moving forward.

It comes after a taxi was blown up outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital, which has since been declared a terrorist incident by police.

The change was announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel because it was the second terror attack within the space of a month.

This comes after

The taxi driver who escaped the car explosion outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital has been named as David Perry – with the prime minister saying it appears the cabbie acted with “incredible presence of mind and bravery”. It is understood Mr Perry has been discharged from hospital and is recovering at home.

Speaking to broadcasters, she said: “The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, Jtac, are now increasing the United Kingdom’s threat level from substantial to severe.

“And there’s a reason for that, and that reason is because what we saw yesterday is the second incident in a month.”

A controlled explosion was carried out by counter-terrorism police in Sefton Park on Monday evening, in connection with the explosion at Liverpool Women’s Hospital.

There is believed to be no wider risk to the public and the investigation continues.

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Ms Patel added that the “context” of there being two terrorist incidents in the space of a month was “really important”.

The previous attack saw MP David Amess stabbed to death during a constituency meeting in Leigh-on-Sea.

She told broadcasters she could not expand “for obvious reasons”, but said: “I should just conclude my remarks by saying that our security and intelligence services prevent all sorts of acts, day in, day out.

“And of course, they understand the landscape, they see context, they see all sorts of things that keep our country safe and secure every single day and that work will continue.”

This comes after three men who are aged 29, 26, and 21, have been arrested under the Terrorism Act in connection with the explosion involving a taxi at Liverpool Women’s Hospital on Remembrance Sunday.

In a press conference, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the incident was a “stark reminder of the need for us all to stay vigilant”.

“What yesterday showed, above all, is that the British people will never be cowed by terrorism,” he said. 

“Our freedoms and our way of life will always prevail.”

Eve Cooper
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