UK’s official terror threat level lowered to ‘substantial’

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s official terrorism threat level has been lowered from “severe” to “substantial” because the tempo of attacks in Europe has lessened. The U.K. government said Monday that the Joint Terrorism Analysis Center had lowered the level to the middle rung of its five-point scale, meaning an attack in Britain is likely. The threat level was raised to severe, meaning an attack is highly likely, in November after deadly attacks in Austria and France. The center sets the threat level based on intelligence about international terrorism at home and overseas. The U.K. level has been at severe most of the time since 2014, briefly rising to “critical” amid violent attacks in 2017.