Britain’s GCHQ spy agency has deployed armed police to protect its Cheltenham operation, but insists there is “no specific threat.”
Nearby residents received a letter in the post informing them that the government’s national listening post was introducing armed Ministry of Defense police (MDP) at their Benhall site.
A GCHQ spokesman said the move was related to the raising of the UK terror threat level last year.
British spy agency MI5 raised the threat level from “substantial” to “severe” in August, meaning a terrorist attack is highly likely.
Residents living near GCHQ’s main office based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, received a letter informing them of the heightened security measure.