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Counter terrorism

Current threat level

The current threat from international terrorism can be viewed on the MI5 Website. 


What you can do to help

The police, security and intelligence agencies depend on information from the public. Be their eyes and ears and help keep yourself, your family and your local community safe by looking out for any activity that seems to be unusual and report it to the police, in confidence.

If anything gives you cause for concern, do not rely on someone else - act on it. Find out about what kind of activity and behaviour you should report on the Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) website.

If you have any information about unusual activity or behaviour, you can report it in confidence:

  • report your concerns to
  • call the police confidentially on 0800 789 321
  • If you think a threat is imminent call the police on 999.


Online material

You can also report illegal or harmful information, pictures or videos you have found on the internet such as:

  • articles, images, speeches or videos that promote terrorism or encourage violence
  • content encouraging people to commit acts of terrorism
  • websites made by terrorist or extremist organisations
  • videos of terrorist attacks.

Report online material anonymously on the GOV.UK website.


Further information



ACT Awareness eLearning is a new Counter Terrorism awareness product designed for all UK based companies and organisations.


Introduction to prevent

Prevent is part of the UK's counter terrorism strategy. It aims to prevent people from supporting violent extremism and all forms of potential terrorism, such as Al Qaeda, Daesh inspired, far right, Irish republican, animal rights, faith-based extremism and other types of terrorism in all its forms.

Like all local authorities, we have a legal duty to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015. We work with local partners to protect the public, prevent crime and to promote strong, integrated communities. 

Preventing violent extremism is one of the '4 Ps' within the government's strategy for countering violent extremism, known as Contest:

  • Prevent - stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting violent extremism
  • Pursue - stopping terrorist attacks
  • Protect - strengthening protection against terrorist attacks
  • Prepare - where an attack cannot be stopped, mitigating its impact.


The current prevent strategy is made up of three key objectives:

  • respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and of those extremist views conducive to it
  • prevent vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support
  • work with sectors and institutions where there are either risks of radicalisation or opportunities to prevent it , or both. This includes education, faith, health, charities, prisons and probation. The strategy spells out what the government is planning in each area and looks at the particular issue of the internet.

Please find here a 7 minute briefing for Prevent;  Prevent 7 Minute Briefing (PDF) [870KB]  

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