Britain's terror threat lowered from 'critical' to 'severe'

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Britain's terror threat level was today reduced to "severe" from "critical" after a "significant amount of police activity" led to the arrest of 11 suspects linked to the suicide bombing at a concert in Manchester.

About 1,000 armed police officers have been freed by a decision to deploy the Army to protect key sites including Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament under Operation Temperer, triggered as a result of Britain's terror threat level being raised to "critical" - which has since been lowered.

The lowered terror threat level hasn't stopped British police from stepping up enforcement.

British-born suicide bomber Salman Abedi killed 22 people, including seven children, on Monday at the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.

The announcement came as an evacuation took place in Moss Side as part of a search linked to the Manchester terror attack.

It's been downgraded on the advice of security services from "critical" to "severe", meaning an attack is still highly likely. The authorities called on all citizens to remain vigilant, and report any suspicions on potential threats to security to the Royal Gibraltar Police. There were also searches at properties in Cheetham Hill and in the Longsight area.

A man working in a local shop, who declined to be named, told Reuters he saw three men being taken away from the address.

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"All of this is created to make the policing approach unpredictable and to make London as hostile an environment as possible to terrorists", said Chief Superintendent Jon Williams of London's Metropolitan Police Service.

Senior officers have encouraged people to go out, but to remain vigilant.

There are a number of high-profile events over the weekend including soccer cup finals in London and Glasgow, and the Great Manchester Run.

"A visible, united, police presence making sure everyone has a good time at tonight's gig", Greater Manchester Police said on Twitter.

Political campaigning for the June 8 national election which was suspended after the Manchester attack resumed on Friday with the bombing becoming a central feature.

The opposition Labour Party, emboldened by a rise in opinion polls, argued that Britain's foreign policy had increased the risk of attacks and criticized Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May for cutting spending on policing.

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