HOAX - 'Don't Travel on the Tubes' Terror Threat Rumour
OutlineMessage circulating via SMS, social media, and email warns UK residents not to travel on the tubes tomorrow because of a possible terror threat. The warning claims that ALL Metropolitan Police have been called into work.
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Brief AnalysisPolice have dismissed the warning as a hoax. UK authorities have recently changed the terror threat level to 'severe' and UK citizens should certainly remain vigilant. However, there is no credible evidence to support the specific claims in this circulating warning message. And the claim that all Met police have been called in to work is false. Spreading false warnings such as this does nothing but cause unnecessary fear and alarm. If you receive this bogus warning message, please do not share it.
'Warning' Message Tells of Tube Terror Attack 'Tomorrow'
It claims that ALL Metropolitan Police have been called to duty as a result of the terror threat and advises people not to travel on the tubes.
Warning is a Hoax - No Official Advisories Back Claims in the Warning
Thus, sharing the message is counterproductive and will do nothing more than spread uneccessary fear an alarm. If you recieve this message, please do not share it with others.
It should be noted, however, that the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has recently changed the threat level from international terrorism from substantial to severe. Thus, UK citizens should certainly be cautious and watch for official advisories.
In its statement about the threat level change, the Home Office notes:
The Home Secretary today announced that the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has changed the threat level from international terrorism from substantial to severe.And, if an attack were expected imminently, the threat level would be changed to 'critical'.
This means a terrorist attack is highly likely, although there is no intelligence to suggest that one is imminent.
Message Cites No Source and Specifies No Date
Moreover, the message does not specify a date for the supposed attack, but just vaguely refers to 'tomorrow'.
And, a real problem with this non-specific time frame is that the bogus message may continue to circulate for weeks or months into the future, always warning about an attack 'tomorrow'.
Given the current threat level, UK citizens should remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the police. However, the claims in this circulating message are false and it should not be sent on.
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Last updated: September 1, 2014
First published: September 1, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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