Counter terrorism

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The Government’s Counter Terrorism Strategy, CONTEST aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting extremism. It addresses all forms of terrorism but continues to prioritise according to the threat posed to national security. It has four key strands, known as the 4P’s:

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

Current threat level

Threat levels are designed to give a broad indication of the likelihood of a terrorist attack. There are 5 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

The level is set by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre and the Security Service (MI5). Threat levels don’t have an expiry date. They can change at any time as different information becomes available to security agents.
The current threat from terrorism can be viewed on the MI5 website.

What you can do to help

Threat levels in themselves do not require specific responses from the public. Sharing national threat levels with the general public keeps everyone informed. It explains the context for the various security measures (for example airport security or bag searches) which we may encounter in our daily lives.

The police and the security and intelligence agencies depend on information from the public. You should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and can help to keep yourself, your family and your local community safe by reporting any suspicious activity.

If anything gives you cause for concern, do not rely on someone else – ACT. 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:

  • If you think a threat is imminent call the police on 999
  • Call the police confidentially on anti-terrorist hotline 0800 789 321
  • Report your concerns to

Online material

You can also report illegal or harmful information, pictures or videos you’ve 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

Run Hide Tell

In the rare event of a firearms or weapons attack:

  • RUN - to a place of safety. This is a better option than to surrender or negotiate. If there’s nowhere to go then…
  • HIDE -  remember to turn your phone to silent and turn off vibrate. Barricade yourself in if you can.
  • TELL - the police by calling 999 when it is safe to do so.

Police have released a video telling people to “run, hide, tell” if they are caught up in a terrorist gun attack. The four-minute video advises on how to evacuate a building, where to hide, and what information to tell police.

Please take a moment to watch this video. If you are caught up in an attack, it could save your life.

Citizen Aid

Many people across the country have prepared themselves to know what to do when someone collapses with a heart attack. However, being able to act effectively after serious injury from a bomb blast, gunshot or stabbing requires different knowledge and skills.

Quick actions in these situations, particularly to stop bleeding, will save lives.

The citizenAID Pocket Guide is a clear and simple series of immediate actions.

You can be the person to provide information to the emergency services, to help organise others at the scene and to give life-saving care while waiting for the professionals to arrive.

  • The citizenAID App reduces anxiety from difficult decision making in an unfamiliar situation.
  • Follow logical steps to do the right things in the right order. Stay safe and help us… to help you… to save lives.
  • Be prepared. Learn the system. YOU can save lives.

Protect & Prepare

The National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) is a police unit that supports the ‘protect and prepare’ strands of the government’s Counter Terrorism strategy. They provide help, advice and guidance to government and industry to protect from terrorist threat:

  • crowded places throughout the UK
  • hazardous sites and dangerous substances
  • the critical national infrastructure (working with the Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI)
  • personal security

Counter Terrorism Support for businesses and communities

In the Know

The Lancashire Police “In The Know” messaging system offers you the means to receive information from the police and other agencies in the county which suit your preferences for content, locality and means of communication. It is a free service to sign up to and there are no contracts or obligations of any kind.

The Prevent duty

The current Prevent Strategy was reviewed in 2011 and is focussed on delivering against three specific objectives:

  • Challenging the ideology that supports terrorism and those who promote it;
  • Protecting vulnerable individuals: to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support; and
  • Supporting sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation.

Like all local authorities, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council has 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.

What opportunities are there to get involved with Prevent?

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council has a Prevent Team supporting other statutory services and local community groups to safeguard and protect vulnerable individuals from radicalisation.

If you would like to be involved, have any queries or would like advice please contact: Prevent Coordinator, 01254 585263

Details of online training for front line staff can be accessed via the LSCB website.

Resources for Schools:

Safeguarding against radicalisation: Channel

Channel is a multi-agency safeguarding programme run in every local authority in England and Wales. Find out more.

Support & assistance

The Survivors Assistance Network setup by the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace provides free, practical and emotional support for all those in the UK affected by terrorist attacks at home or overseas, including witnesses and family members. More information is available via the Survivors Assistance Network website.

The national government website contains the latest public information on urgent advice and support.

Contact details

Mail Prevent Coordinator, Old Town hall, Blackburn BB1 7DY
Phone Number(s) 01254 585263
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