Up to 10,000 troops are on standby to be deployed on the streets of Britain in the event of a Paris-style terror attack, David Cameron announced today.
The Prime Minister said the forces were part of a new contingency plan to deal with a ‘major terrorist attack’ amid warnings that ISIS and Al Qaeda could obtain chemical and biological weapons to launch a deadly attack.
It also emerged that the number of Britons who have fled the country to fight for ISIS or rebels in Syria has hit 800 – 50 higher than ministers feared a week ago.
Mr Cameron today vowed to ‘use force where necessary’ as he set out multi-billion pound spending plans for the British military for the next five years.
But the promise of more troops to deal with security alerts comes as Chancellor George Osborne prepares to announce deep spending cuts, including reductions in police numbers on the beat.