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United Kingdom

The United Kingdom does not disclose details of its system of alerts.
Officially, it says the country is on a heightened state of alert. But British media say the terrorist threat level was secretly lowered on August 18 to "severe general", the third highest rating in a seven-tier system.

Threat and alert levels identified by media are:

1 - Critical (precise intelligence of a planned attack with timing and location known)

2 - Severe specific (intelligence warning of a known terrorist plot)

3 - Severe general (a high possibility of attack at some stage but without knowledge of the timing or target)

4 - Substantial (still a high alert but no intelligence of a specific plot)

5 - Moderate

6 - Low

7 - Negligible.

     
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