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Preventing terrorism

UK threat level

The threat level to the UK from international terrorism is severe.  This means that an attack is highly likely.

How to report suspicious activity or behaviour

If you have seen or heard something that could potentially be related to terrorism, trust your instincts and report it.  Your actions could save lives.

You can report in confidence online via a secure form on the Government's Action Counters Terrorism website or you can call the police confidentially on 0800 789 321.

In an emergency always call 999.


Radicalisation is the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies. If you are worried someone close to you is becoming radicalised act early and seek help. The sooner you reach out, the quicker the person you care about can be protected from being groomed and exploited by extremists.

Police forces across the country have specially trained Prevent officers who work with professionals in health, education, local authorities and charities, as well as faith and community groups to help vulnerable people move away from extremism. They are here to listen and offer help and advice. Receiving support is voluntary.

Friends and family are best placed to spot the signs, so trust your instincts and share your concerns in confidence.

They can help if you act early. You won't be wasting police time and you won’t ruin lives, but you might save them.  

To find out more about how to help someone close to you visit the ACT Early website.