POLICE are conducting more than 700 live anti-terror investigations nationwide, it emerged yesterday.
Britain’s highest-ranking counter-terror cop also revealed 18 plots have been foiled since the 2017 Westminster atrocity.
The Met Police’s Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu praised the public’s “crucial role”. He said 22 per cent of their 44,000 reports last year had produced helpful intelligence.
But despite the successes of police and MI5, Mr Basu warned against complacency.
He spoke before the launch of a public awareness campaign, including a 60-second film showing examples of suspicious activity, based on real-life plots. Look Again will be shown at 120 cinemas over the next eight weeks.
Mr Basu said: “Thankfully, we did not see the horrors of 2017 repeated last year, but the threat level remains at severe — meaning an attack is highly likely.”
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He added: “Communities defeat terrorism, and the fact more and more reports from the public provide information that is useful demonstrates this. Despite increasing support, some people are still reluctant to speak to us.
“Reporting your concerns to us won’t ruin lives, but it might save them. Trust your instincts and tell us if something doesn’t feel right.”
Khalid Masood, 52, killed four people with a car before stabbing PC Keith Palmer to death at Westminster in March 2017.