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UK terror threat reduced from critical to severe

The UK's terror threat level has been reduced from critical to severe, Theresa May has said.

This means the likelihood of an attack is highly likely rather than imminent.

Operation Temperer, which allows the military to be deployed to key sites, will continue until the end of the Bank Holiday, the Prime Minister said.

Speaking after a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee, Mrs May said the decision had been taken after "a significant amount of police activity" over the last 24 hours.

She said: "The public should be clear about what this means - a threat level of severe means an attack is highly likely. The country should remain vigilant."

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Moss Side evacuation underway as part of terror probe

Police at the scene in Moss Side. Credit: PA

An evacuation in Moss Side is under way as part of an ongoing search at a property linked to the Manchester bombing, Greater Manchester Police said.

Boscombe Street was said to been cleared on Saturday morning, with one witness describing a bomb-disposal van parked at the junction with Yew Tree Road.

An address in the area was being searched by detectives as they sought to close the net on the suspected terror cell behind Manchester Arena suicide bomber Salman Abedi.

The force said it was a "precautionary measure" to ensure public safety.

Eleven suspects, aged between 18 and 44, are in custody in connection with the Manchester suicide bombing, which killed 22 people on Monday.

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