UK Threat Level Reduced to SEVERE

On Saturday 27th May 2017 the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) lowered the UK threat level from international terrorism from CRITICAL to SEVERE.

A threat level of SEVERE means that an attack is highly likely.

The SGSA is working closely with the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO).

The NaCTSO website contains the latest updates and includes their most recent Protective Security Advice. www.gov.uk/nactso.

Crowded places remain a target for terrorist activity.

The SGSA’s advice is for sports grounds to remain vigilant and continue to review current safety and protective security measures and contingency plans. The SGSA has issued guidance on Planning for Dynamic Lockdown and Planning for Increased Threat Level Access and Egress, which have been developed in partnership with NaCTSO. Sports grounds can contact info@sgsamail.org.uk to receive a copy of the guidance documents.

The SGSA advises safety managers at sports grounds to review both guidance documents and consider whether any of the measures suggested are appropriate for their ground. In addition, safety managers may wish to review lessons learned from the steps taken at their ground when the threat level was raised to CRITICAL last week. Sports grounds are advised to develop an escalation plan for safety and protective security measures for use should the threat level change again in the future, or to review the escalation plans already in place.

NaCTSO’s Project Griffin is a counter-terrorism awareness initiative to help organisations understand, reduce and respond to the threat. www.gov.uk/government/publications/new-initiative-project-griffin-industry-self-delivery

We continue to liaise with the Government, NaCTSO, the UK Police Football Unit, the Football Authorities, sport governing bodies and other parties to ensure the safety of spectators at sports grounds remains a priority.