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(Telegraph.co.uk)-An attempted terrorist attack in Britain over the Christmas period is "highly likely", the Home Secretary said today
John Reid said that around 30 conspiracies were under preparation, and the current threat level was "very high indeed".
"I try to walk the tightrope between being truthful and honest about the threat to the public but, on the other hand, to say we are doing everything possible to combat it and to try to keep our lifestyle as near as possible to the British way of life."
He told GMTV Sunday that he did not think it an attack was inevitable, but that "the terrorists only have to get through once, as they did on July 7, for us to see the terrible carnage that it causes".
The official terror assessment, posted on the Government's Intelligence website, currently rates the threat as "severe" - the second highest level.