Britain faces 700 live terror probes: After new attack on Westminster, officials reveal the scale of the threat to the UK
- Britain on heightened state of alert after car ploughed into cyclists yesterday
- Theresa May warned that threat was now ‘one of the starkest we have faced’
- 13 Islamist plots have been foiled since March 2017, including one in past month
Almost 700 terror investigations are being carried out by the security services.
The figures were revealed yesterday after a car ploughed into cyclists outside Parliament in an apparent extremist attack.
Britain was on a heightened state of alert last night, with Theresa May warning that the threat was now ‘one of the starkest we have faced’.
Security minister Ben Wallace said the increased danger of attacks was ‘here to stay’. Their warnings came as anti-terror police tried to question a suspect over the latest feared targeting of Westminster.
The man – named last night as Salih Khater and said to be a British citizen of Sudanese origin – was arrested by armed police after the car hit cyclists and pedestrians before crashing into a security barrier at around 50mph during the morning rush-hour. Police raided a string of addresses in the Midlands as they tried to discover what was behind his actions. He was refusing to cooperate with police