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Police urge calm amid Isis threat to kill Queen

By Neil Lancefield

The Metropolitan Police has encouraged people to continue with their plans to attend celebrations to mark the anniversary of the end of the Second World War - despite reports that British jihadis are planning to blow up the Queen during the events.

The assassination plot is being orchestrated from Syria by Islamic State commanders, according to the Mail on Sunday.

The newspaper reported that extremists aim to explode a bomb in central London during events to mark the 70th anniversary of VJ Day - Victory over Japan - which are expected to be watched by thousands of people.

The paper claimed it was informed by sources that a specific threat was made against the Queen, triggering a review of security arrangements.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "While the UK threat level from international terrorism remains severe, we would like to reassure the public that we constantly review security plans for public events, taking into account specific intelligence and the wider threat.

"Our priority is the safety and security for all those attending or involved. The public are encouraged to continue with their plans to attend or take part in events as normal."

The spokesman insisted that Scotland Yard was on the lookout for terror threats emanating from the UK and abroad.

"The police, together with our security partners, remain alert to all terrorist threats that may manifest here, or where individuals overseas may seek to direct or inspire others to commit attacks in and against the UK.

"It is always helpful when journalists share with us information that could indicate terrorist or criminal activity," he said. "We would also like to reiterate our long-standing advice to remain vigilant and alert.

"As ever, we would urge the public to get in touch to report anything suspicious, by calling the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency by calling 999."

Buckingham Palace refused to comment on the reported threat.

On Saturday, a service attended by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, veterans, former prisoners of war and civilian internees will be held in central London.

Later that afternoon, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will be joined by senior political and military figures, veterans and their families for a special commemorative event at Horse Guards Parade, featuring a fly-past of historic aircraft, a wreath-laying ceremony, readings and hymns.

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