Terrorism in London: counter-terrorism investigations highest in years

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Terrorism in London: counter-terrorism investigations highest in years
17th October 2014

The Not The One Show panel discuss the threat of terrorism to London and the work being done to safeguard the capital against risks, both on the streets and online. 

National Policing Lead for Counter Terrorism, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, said of the current operational challenges, 

"So far this year we have made 218 arrests and are running exceptionally high numbers of counter-terrorism investigations, the likes of which we have not seen for several years."

"We are disrupting several attack plots a year. These plots are of varied sophistication, from individuals planning to carry out spontaneous yet deadly attacks to more complex conspiracies, almost all seemingly are either directed by or inspired by terrorism overseas."

Much of the threat is being linked with events in Syria. Rowley said the priority for counter terrorism policing was "protecting and safeguarding vulnerable people in the UK being drawn into the Syrian and other conflicts overseas."

Assistant Commissioner Rowley also discussed the growing need to address threats online and squash terrorism recruitment schemes on social media before their persuasive influence gained ground. Currently, the counter-terrorism Internet Referral Unit remove over 1,000 pieces of illegal content from the internet each week. Over 80% of this material relates to Iraq and Syria. 

"The growing problem of young, impressionable, and in some cases vulnerable, individuals being radicalised on-line is an increasing risk. Extremist groups are using social media in highly sophisticated ways in order to recruit or persuade individuals towards their violent and warped ideologies." said the Assistant Commissioner. 

Anyone with information should contact police on the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321. All calls will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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