UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced the upgrading of the country’s terror threat level to ‘critical’, in the wake of the Manchester attack, as police work to confirm intelligence that suggests the person who perpetrated the attack may be part of a wider group of individuals. Manchester police yesterday arrested three more men in connection with the attack.
The Prime Minister has ordered the initial deployment of 1,000 military personnel to cities in Britain, who will assist police forces to maintain a greater security presence at key locations as part of ‘Operation Temperer’. Yesterday soldiers were deployed to Buckingham Palace, Parliament and Downing Street in London.
DFAT has issued the following update for travellers to the UK:
Exercise a High Degree of Caution
Following a terrorist attack in Manchester on 22 May 2017, which resulted in a number of deaths and injuries, the UK Government has increased the UK’s domestic threat level to ‘Critical’ (the highest of the UK’s five domestic threat levels). UK Prime Minister May has also announced that armed soldiers will be deployed in UK cities to assist police with security. Continue to avoid the area surrounding the Manchester Arena and anticipate significant transport delays in the Manchester area. Expect an increased police and security presence across the UK. Be vigilant about your personal security, monitor the media and follow local authorities’ instructions (Safety and security). In light of the UK’s increase to its threat level, we now advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in the United Kingdom.