If you feel that there is an immediate threat then call 999, alternatively you can contact them via 101. You can also report it to the Anti-Terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.
You should make a note of the description of the person and any vehicle they may be travelling in and pass the information onto your local police via their 101 number.
However, if there is an immediate threat, you should use the 999 emergency number.
You can also report it to the Anti Terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.
If you see what you believe to be a suspicious package, notify someone in authority immediately, a security guard, police officer. They will then be able to take the appropriate action. If you cannot find anyone to report this to then you should dial 999 and provide details of the location.
Do not touch or move the package yourself. Although it is likely to be a harmless package, you should not interfere with it in any way for your own and others safety.
You should make a note of the website address and report this to your local police station, via their non-emergency 101 number.
It will depend on the circumstances as to whether the police are able to take any action. There will be a specialist department within the Force that will gather all information and take appropriate action.
If you come across any websites that are inciting racial hatred or other hate crime (see Q643), please report it to the True Vision organisation. To visit their website please see the Related Information.
These definitions are provided by the Terrorism Act 2000.
Terrorist is a person who,
Terrorism means the use or threat of action where
If you have any information about anyone you believe to be involved in terrorism activity then contact your local police force or the Anti Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.
It is not illegal to take photographs or video footage in public places unless it is for criminal or terrorist purposes.
There will be places where you have access as a member of the public, but will have to ask permission or may be prevented altogether. These could include stately homes, museums, churches, shopping malls, railway stations and council / government buildings. You need to check the situation out on a case by case basis.
The taking of photographs of an individual without their consent is a civil matter. Taking a photo of a person where they can expect privacy (inside their home or garden) is likely to be a breach of privacy laws. The other issue to consider is what you plan to do with the photograph afterwards. If the picture is of an individual, perhaps as a portrait or character study, and you intend to publish it in any way (on the internet, in a book or at a gallery), it would be appropriate and may avoid unnecessary complications if you ask that person for permission, many media organisations are international and will not accept an identifiable photograph of a person without a signed release. If the photo could be seen as defamatory in some way then you would leave yourself open to civil proceedings.
The country is in a heightened state of alert (and will be for many years) because of potential terrorist attacks. So called 'soft targets' are particularly vulnerable. Security staff, the general public and police are much more aware of anyone taking photographs and you may be approached by someone, such as the police, when you are taking photographs near or in potential targets. Generally the police cannot seize the camera or memory card unless you are committing an offence or suspected of terrorist activity.
Finally, it is a specific offence to elicit information (which would include photographs) about members of armed forces, police officers or the intelligence services, which is likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, or publishes or communicates information of that kind. The law does not state that the person who gets the information has to use the information for terrorism purposes, just that the information is likely to be useful to a terrorist. There is a defence of 'reasonable excuse' for this offence, but it would be for the suspect / defendant to raise this matter.
Photographers need to be aware of this provision and be cautious when taking such photographs. The sort of occasion when it could cause a problem may be, for example, at an anti-war protest, when there may be a number of counter terrorism and intelligence operatives working in the area. If an officer makes an arrest for this offence it could cause a lot of unnecessary time wasted for both the officer and yourself, although that may only be until the facts are clarified.
Radicalisation is the process whereby an individual adopts extreme religious, social or political ideals. It can take place in many forms but is particularly prevalent on social media. Terrorist groups such as Islamic State are targeting vulnerable young people, who may be interested in what such groups have to offer
An individual vulnerable to radicalisation would show a change in their behaviour and those close to the person (e.g. teachers or family members) may notice, this could include spending vast amounts of time on the internet, bullying, race crime or anti-social behaviour. In extreme cases, it can lead to the individual committing an act of terrorism.
Many strategies are being put in place to tackle this problem, including the PREVENT programme (see Q941 for more details.) If you are concerned that someone you know is at risk of radicalisation, we would advise that you contact your local policing team via 101. Additionally, you can report suspicious online activity to GOV.UK - report online material promoting terrorism or extremism.
PREVENT is part of the Government's counter terrorism strategy which aims to stop people becoming or supporting terrorists and terrorists activities. It works with a wide range of sectors (educational, faith, criminal justice, charities etc.) offering appropriate support and advice where there are risks of radicalisation.
The strategy prioritises the work load according to the risk that is currently being faced - which at the moment is radicalisation and extremism.
If you wish to share a concern you can call the national police Prevent advice line in confidence on 0800 011 3764 9am to 5pm every day and speak with a specially trained officer.
Please see the links in Related Information for further details.
If you are involved in a terrorist incident, the main advice to remember is 'run, hide and tell.'
The National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) provides further guidance, please see Related Information for a link to this.