17 October 2014 - Terror threats in the UK
Threat of extremist attack in UK is escalating, say police
Vikram Dodd (The Guardian)
Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism officer has said that several plots this year to murder people on Britain’s streets “directed by or inspired by terrorism overseas” have already been disrupted, with police activity to prevent extremist attacks at its highest level for years.
Scotland Yard assistant commissioner Mark Rowley said Britain’s counter-terrorism network was battling increasing radicalisation via the internet, with fears that young British people are being brainwashed by material including depictions of beheadings, suicides, murder and torture.
About 50 people a week are being referred to deradicalisation programmes, the Guardian has been told. Activity to stop an attack was said by one source to be the highest since the aftermath of the 7 July 2005 attack on London’s transport system, with the threat level escalating as the year has worn on.
Lamiat Sabin (The Independent)
Tony Blair is calling for an urgent global agreement to teach religious respect as he warns that action against extremist groups will otherwise "count for nothing".
In an essay for the BBC, the former prime minister said the underlying causes of religious conflict must be confronted through educating young people, although he made exceptions for violent organisations such as the Islamic State.
An agreement to improve interfaith relations would address the principal cause of terrorism-related activity as leaders must “uproot the thinking of the extremists, not simply disrupt their actions,” he suggested.
John Twomey (The Express)
Officers have arrested 218 suspects this year and specialist teams are seizing around 1,000 chilling videos a week of beheadings and other atrocities.
The figures were announced by Britain’s top anti-terror police chief Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley as he gave an insight into the fight against Islamic State militants.
He would not spell out how many attacks have been foiled but one estimate is 30 every year.
He said police have charged 16 people returning to Briton over alleged terrorist activity in Syria.
He said police are “running exceptionally high numbers of counter-terrorism investigations the likes of which we have not seen for several years” and added: “Against an increasing operational tempo, we are disrupting several attack plots a year.
Ian Cobain (The Guardian)
A man accused of plotting a terrorist attack on the streets of the UK may have been targeting Tony Blair and his wife, Cherie Booth, among others, the Old Bailey heard on Tuesday .
Erol Incedal was preparing to mount an attack that could have been against a small group of people or a single prominent person, the jury was told. Alternatively, he may have been planning an indiscriminate attack on a hotel, such as that mounted in Mumbai, India, in 2008.
Significant parts of the evidence are being heard in secret, in what the prosecution has described as an exceptional case.
The former prime minister’s home address was discovered in September last year after Incedal’s black Mercedes car was pulled over for a road traffic matter and searched, said Richard Whittam QC, prosecuting. It was written on a piece of paper found inside the defendant’s white Versace glasses case.
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