The government has raised the UK's current terrorist threat level to 'severe', meaning a terrorist attack is now thought to be 'highly likely', following an incident at the new Olympic Park in East London this morning after a fox was seen outside the perimeter fence on a CCTV security camera. A member of security staff monitoring the camera ordered a patrolman to investigate concerned that the fox might dig a hole under the fence and gain access into the Olympic Park. However, far greater concern came after the patrolman had gone to the location to discover that wedged in the fence a few yards away from the fox was a bandanna.
Though not thought to have been an actual attempt by a terrorist to carry out an atrocity, the discovery of the bandanna could mean an attempt has been made to gain access into the Olympic Park with the intention of using it later to gain access and carry out a terrorist attack at the venue once the games get underway. The decision to raise the terrorist threat to 'severe' puts Britain just one level below 'critical', when an attack is thought to be 'imminent'.
The bandanna discovered in the fence this morning is said to bear a striking resemblance to one found at the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 at Shanksville, Pennsylvania during the 9/ll terrorist outrage of 2001.
Prime Minister David Cameron paid a visit to the Olympic Park this evening to thank the fox personally for having clawed the ground under the fence so as to alert security of the terrorist threat it had discovered. Speaking to the press afterwards the Prime Minister said,
"I have decided to name the little fox Shaw Taylor. We should all try to be as watchful as little Mr Taylor who clearly remembers to 'keep 'em peeled' at all times. He realises as I do that the threat to us from terrorism is sadly never far away.'
"Luckily the fence appears to have done its job this time," he said, "because the bandanna clearly did not manage to slip all the way through the fence. But the terrorists behind the bandannas of this world will have learned from this, and when the games are underway they could decide to carry out their attack from a different direction, perhaps by lobbing bandannas over the top of the fence, or by attaching them to kites to attack from the air."
A clearly relieved prime Minister, he pointed out, "At least this failed attempt by the bandanna terrorists helps us to again stay one step ahead of them. The discovery of this morning's bandanna by my friend Shaw, and little Shaw's prompt action in alerting the security chaps to the presence of the bandanna on the fence means we now have time to put a big net completely over the Olympic Park to stop any bandannas from dropping down over the faces of athletes when they're competing in the 2012 Olympic Games later this summer."