Got a text forwarded from a friend which warns against travelling on the tube today? It's a hoax, according to the Metropolitan police.
The text, which was widely circulated yesterday, read:
"They think there's a terror threat and that it will happen on the tubes tomorrow around the west end area. So don't go travelling on tubes!! It's better to be safe than sorry. Please share."
It also claimed that "every single police officer in the met has been called into work from 4am onwards". The Met say this is untrue (and imagine the overtime bill). These type of hoaxes are nothing new — in 2005 similar warnings were circulated and they were also total rubbish.
Last week, home secretary Theresa May raised Britain's terror threat level to 'severe' based on the situation in Syria and Iraq, but there's nothing to suggest that London is specifically at risk. So we can all stand down from Defcon 2 and stop forwarding the messages.
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