UK Police officers have been advised not to wear their uniforms on the way to and from work or talk about jobs on social media amid concerns that Islamic extremists are plotting to target them on the streets.
UK Daily Mail It comes as MI5 fears that extremists are planning an attack on an officer similar to that of British soldier Lee Rigby, killed last year by two Muslims as he walked near his Woolwich barracks.
It comes after police raised their internal threat level last month from ‘moderate’ to ‘substantial’ last month A source told the Mirror: ‘A raised threat level means officers have to be extra vigilant in everything they do. ‘It means not traveling to work in full uniform and standing out unnecessarily out of work.
‘Officers are also being warned about putting sensitive information about their personal lives on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.’ ‘Military commanders issued similar advice following the murder of Drummer Lee-Rigby in Woolwich in May last year even though Rigby was not wearing his uniform when he was attacked, but a Help for Heroes hooded jumper.
The Mirror reports that GCHQ has picked up talk of targeting a British police officer, and now MI5 are looking at intelligence that social media profiles of police officers are being monitored by Islamic jihadists.