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The current threat level to the United Kingdom from international terrorism is Substantial – which means an attack is likely.

There is no specific terrorist threat to County Durham and Darlington. However, terrorism remains a real and serious threat to us all.  

Terrorist and violent extremism activity aim to damage community relations, undermine the values we share and create divisions.  

If you see or hear something that could be terrorist related, act on your instincts and call the police, in confidence, on 0800 789 321 or visit

The United Kingdom Government has a long-term strategy for countering terrorism known as CONTEST.

The CONTEST strategy has four strands:

Prevent: Stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism/violent extremism
Pursue: Stop terrorist attacks by arrest and disruption
Protect: Strengthen our protection against terrorist attacks
Prepare: Mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack by preparing for the consequences  

Our priority is to keep the public safe, by working together with key partners and all our communities to tackle terrorism.

Durham Constabulary has bespoke teams who work with key partners and the community focusing on the four strands of CONTEST.

What can you do:

• If something doesn’t seem right it probably isn’t
• Report any concerns you may have about individuals, places or events

 Call 999 if there is an immediate threat to life.

 If you have information about possible terrorist activity call Durham Constabulary on 101.

Find the CONTEST strategy here CONTEST strategy