The so-called Islamic State group may be planning a “spectacular” attack in the UK, the national head of counter-terrorism policing has warned.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said there was evidence IS – also known as Daesh – was “trying to build bigger attacks” globally, including in the UK.

He said a large-scale attack was the “natural next step” for IS.

A number of attacks, including last year’s gun and bomb attacks in Paris, are believed to be inspired by IS.

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