Islamic State may be planning “enormous and spectacular” attacks against the UK, the national head of counter-terrorism policing has warned. Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said the threat from the group which has taken over large parts of Syria and Iraq was evolving, and that it was keen to repeat incidents such as last year’s Paris shootings and suicide attacks that killed 130 people.

“What we are now seeing in recent months … is the broadening of that threat, more plans to attack Western lifestyle … going from that narrow focus on police and military and symbols of the state to something much broader,” said Rowley. “You see a terrorist group that has big ambitions for enormous and spectacular attacks, not just the types that we’ve seen foiled to date.” This, said Rowley, was the “natural next step” for the group. READ MORE