What is terrorism?

Terrorism is the use or threat of action, both in and outside of the UK, designed to influence any international government organisation or to intimidate the public. It is also for the purpose of advancing a political, religious, racial or ideological cause.

Examples include:

  • serious violence against a person or damage to property
  • endangering a person's life (other than that of the person committing the action)
  • creating a serious risk to the health or safety of the public or a section of the public
  • action designed to seriously interfere with, or seriously disrupt, an electronic system 

You can report anything suspicious to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or report your suspicions online. In an emergency, call 999.