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What happens if you call the Anti Terrorist Hotline?

The 0800 789 321 number is available 24/7 for members of the public to report suspicious activity (remember always call 999 for emergencies).

Calls are answered by specially trained counter terrorism officers and staff who will carry out some initial enquiries. They are then able to pass the details on to local counter terrorism officers for further investigation where appropriate.

The service is confidential and we would encourage people to trust their instincts and call us if they have concerns. Do not worry you will be wasting our time. We would rather you call than risk missing some important piece of information.


Can you explain the use of Schedule 7 at the airport?

This is a piece of legislation that allows officers to stop, search, question and detain a person travelling through a port/airport or border area to determine whether they are or have been concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. The use of these powers does not mean that the examining officer believes the person to be a terrorist. The officer does not have to suspect that a person is or has been involved in terrorist activity.

We appreciate that this piece of legislation often raises concerns within some communities and always seek to assure everyone that the powers are used proportionately and are an essential part of protecting the UK's border security.

If you are detained, you will be handed a form like this which explains your rights and obligations.


What should I do if I think someone is being radicalised?

If you believe that someone has been or is being radicalised, please report this to us by clicking here.


What should I do if I think someone is going to commit an act of terrorism?

If you believe that someone is going to commit an act of terrorism, or may have information about a terrorist act that has happened, please report it to us by clicking here.

If you believe that there is an immediate threat to life, please call us on 999.

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