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Terror attack on UK 'highly likely', says top cop

The United Kingdom’s terror threat level remains "severe" meaning an attack is highly likely.

Picture: Supplied.

LONDON - Britain's most senior policeman has admitted a terror attack on the United Kingdom is highly likely and a case of "when, not if".

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe cited recent atrocities in Europe and a number of foiled plots in the UK.

Meanwhile, a senior intelligence official is reported as saying at least four active terror plots are being investigated.

The UK's terror threat level remains "severe" meaning an attack is highly likely.

It's remained unchanged since 2014 and is the second highest of five tiers.

However, while describing the relationship between the police and the British intelligence agencies as a "world-beater," he also said an attack would eventually get through.

His words echo those of a senior intelligence officer who told a journalist that they're tracking at least four active terror plots in Britain.

It's also been revealed more than 900 Britons have been stopped travelling to Syria to join terrorist groups, while 130 who did go have been killed.