Some 32 terrorist plots have been foiled since March 2017, according to counterterrorism police (CTP). They fall into 18 linked to Islamist extremism, 12 to far-right terrorism (XRWT) and two to left-wing, anarchist or single-problem terrorism (LASIT).
Senior National Counterterrorism Policing Coordinator Assistant Deputy Commissioner Dean Haydon said: from September.
“The public will also be well aware that the UK has suffered two terrorist attacks in rapid succession with the national threat level rising to Severe, meaning an attack is very likely. All of this combines to paint a picture of a sustained and high-paced threat, which our world-class policing, security and intelligence services are doing everything in their power to combat.
“But it takes a whole-of-society approach to effectively fight terrorism, and cooperation between police and the public is vital, so we need you to be vigilant and vigilant.”
Police request that any suspicion or concern be reported confidentially via gov.uk/ACT or by calling 0800 789 321. In an emergency, dial 999.
Children continue to be disproportionately represented among those arrested, police added. Despite the overall reduction in arrests, which is largely due to an overall reduction in crime since the start of the nationwide lockdown in March 2020, some 25 children have been arrested for terrorism offenses – the highest number on record in a country. 12 month period. . Police made 188 arrests for terrorism-related activities in the year to September 30.
DAC Haydon added: “We are very concerned that children are becoming an increasing proportion of our arrests. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Ideally, we would identify when a young person is led down the path of terrorist activity and use the Prevent program to try to put them on a different path.
“Our research tells us that parents, family members and friends are the first to notice changes in behavior that could indicate a loved one is radicalizing. But currently only 3% of the people we help through Prevent come to the program because of concerns raised by those same people who know them best.
“We urge concerned parents to visit the website – www.actearly.uk – designed specifically to offer advice and support to parents and family members who believe their loved one may be on a dangerous path to extremism.
“Asking for help is a difficult and emotional step, but we have to see it for what it is – an action that will not ruin their lives but may well save them. “
For example, a 17-year-old from Derbyshire who cannot be named for legal reasons appeared before Westminster magistrates recently charged with possession and sharing of a terrorist publication.
Photo by Mark Rowe; laying of new paving and anti-ram bollards on Westminster Bridge this winter, the scene of a terrorist attack on the vehicle in March 2017. More information on: https://www.professionalsecurity.co.uk / news / case-studies / city-anti-terror-planning-london-bridges /.
See also “Downtown Anti-Terrorism Planning”.