London, November 23 (IANS): Around 10,000 calls were made to the UK counterterrorism police in 2021, a senior official said.
About a fifth of the public’s reports provided useful intelligence, which aided counterterrorism investigations, said London Metropolitan Police chief of special operations Matt Twist.
Following recent acts of terrorism in Liverpool and Essex, police have urged Londoners to be vigilant in crowded spaces as the holiday season begins, the Xinhua news agency reports.
“It’s been two years since we’ve been able to come together and enjoy London in all its festive glory with a certain degree of ‘normalcy’,” Twist said.
“Tragically, we have seen two terrorist attacks in Essex and Merseyside in the past few weeks, and as a result the level of terrorist threat has increased from ‘substantial’ to ‘severe’.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced that the city’s New Year celebrations will return this year, having been dropped in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The event will take place in Trafalgar Square in London, but the fireworks will not take place this year.
A taxi exploded at a hospital in Liverpool, England on November 14, leaving one dead and one injured, which was treated as a terrorist incident, according to Merseyside police.
British police also charged a man in October with murdering lawmaker David Amess in a church and preparing for terrorist acts.