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Police urge people to attend celebrations despite reports that British jihadis are planning to blow up the Queen

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Queen Elizabeth: Terror threat
Queen Elizabeth: Terror threat

Police in the UK are urging 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.

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

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 Mail on Sunday 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 look out for terror threats emanating from the UK and abroad.