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On 4 June 2018, the Home Secretary launched the government’s fourth published version of the United Kingdom’s counter terrorism strategy, CONTEST. The strategy sets out how the government will continue to reduce the risk to the UK and its citizens and interest overseas from terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence.   A full copy of the strategy is available at:

The updated and strengthened strategy reflects the findings of a fundamental review of all aspects of counter terrorism; building on progress since 2011, the need to evolve to counter new and emerging threats, reflect the changing situation around the world and learn lessons from the tragic attacks in in the UK over the past year in London and Manchester.

The review found CONTEST to be well-organised and comprehensive risk reduction framework. The refreshed strategy aims to strengthen the approach within the tried and tested strategic framework of the four P’s work strands:

  • Prevent: to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
  • Pursue: to stop terrorist attacks.
  • Protect: to strengthen our protection against a terrorist attack.
  • Prepare: to mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack.

Each of the work strands reduces an element of risk from terrorism (intent, capability, vulnerability and impact) and collectively they provider a balanced and comprehensive end to end response to the threat we face.


The UK threat level is currently set as SEVERE. This means that an attack is highly likely and could occur without warning at any time

Assessments of the level and nature of the threat from international terrorism are made by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC). Further information can be found on the Mi5 website:

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