If you think that something is out-of-place, or if you’re unsure about someone’s behaviour or activities, you should report it using the Anti-Terrorist Hotline: 0800 789 321. A textphone service is available for people with speech or hearing difficulties on 0800 032 45 39, (text messages from mobiles are not accepted). The number is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All calls and information will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

Counter Terrorism Strategy (CONTEST)

The Counter Terrorism Strategy, otherwise known as CONTEST, is the Government’s strategy for countering terrorism. The aim of CONTEST is to reduce the risk to the UK and its interests overseas from terrorism so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence. It is split into four main aspects;

  • Pursue – Stopping terrorist attacks.
  • Prevent – Stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
  • Protect – Strengthening our protection against a terrorist attack.
  • Prepare – Where an attack can’t be stopped, migrating its impact.

Terrorism Threat Levels

The threat level indicates the likelihood of a terrorist attack in the UK. There are five levels of threat:

  • Low – An attack is unlikely.
  • Moderate – An attack is possible, but not likely.
  • Substantial – An attack is a strong possibility.
  • Severe – An attack is highly likely.
  • Critical – An attack is expected imminently.

If you’re particularly concerned about the threat of a terrorist attack, keep an eye on www.gov.uk/terrorism-national-emergency for up-to-date alerts.