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Counter Terrorism

The terrorist threat remains real and there is no room for complacency.  The public should remain alert and aware of their surrounding at all times. If something strikes you as suspicious and out of place then trust your instincts and report it.

Terrorism Threat Levels

The current threat level of a terrorist attack in the UK is assessed as SEVERE. This means that an attack is highly likely.

CRITICAL - An attack is expected imminently

SEVERE - An attack is highly likely

SUBSTANTIAL - An attack is a strong possibility

MODERATE - An attack is possible but not likely

LOW - An attack is unlikely

Threat levels don’t have an expiry date; they can change at any time as different information becomes available.  The level is set by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre and the Security Service (MI5). More information on the threat levels can be found on the MI5 website.

How to report

The threat posed by terrorist to the UK is real.  If you have any concerns about potential terrorist activity within your community please report them.  We want to hear from you and reports will be handled in the strictest confidence. 


  • Confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321
  • Northamptonshire Police on 101 (03000 111 222 for Northamptonshire Police if you are calling from outside the county)


In the event of an emergency, please call 999.

Vigilance is our best defence against terrorism and crime.  If you see or hear anything that strikes you as suspicious, please report it.

What can you do?

We need your help and support to keep communities in Northamptonshire safe.  You know your neighbourhood and/or workplace and are best placed to recognise something that is out of place.  We ask you to remain vigilant, trust your instincts and report activity that seems suspicious to the police.

Examples of suspicious behaviour include:

  • People in stationary vehicles watching a building or structure, for no apparent reason.
  • Vehicles moving slowly near public buildings, structures or bridges, or parked in suspicious circumstances.
  • People using recording equipment, including camera phones, or seen making notes or sketches of security details for no apparent reason.
  • Someone paying close attention to specific entry and exit points; stairwells, hallways, fire escapes for no apparent reason.
  • People loitering at or near premises for long periods, watching patrons, for no apparent reason.
  • People asking detailed or unusual questions about buildings and business operations, facilities (such as room layouts), security or parking for no apparent reason.
  • Members of the public in offices and ‘off limits’ areas, plant rooms and similar locations.

It may be nothing, but if you see or hear anything that could be terrorist-related trust your instincts and call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

If you suspect it, report it.

What does Northamptonshire Police do?

Northamptonshire police take every opportunity to protect the public from harm.  We work with a broad range of agencies locally, regionally and nationally to tackle terrorism. 

We are part of the East Midlands Counter Terrorism Intelligence Unit (EM CTIU) encompassing all five East Midlands forces Special Branches into one policing unit under a unified command structure. 

The EM CTIU provides increased resilience for all five forces in managing and responding to the ever-changing operational threats faced in the East Midlands.  The unit plays a critical role in tackling the terrorist and domestic extremist threat and as part of the national counter terrorism network, providing an intelligence management and handling capability.

Intelligence collection and analysis

Intelligence is gathered by both overt and covert methods.  It is then assessed, evaluated, analysed and disseminated and is used to inform both Police forces and other agencies about threats from groups and individuals regarding national security and domestic extremism issues.



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