Referrals from public about possible extremism in Britain doubled in recent months

  • Tomáš Krajňák
  • 14.8.2017 09:39

The British National Police Chiefs' Council reported on 9 August that the police received around 200 referrals by members of the public since deadly attacks in London and Manchester in efforts to counter terrorism. This means that the number of tip-offs within the strategy known as "Prevent" has doubled when compared to the four months prior to the attacks.

In total, there were about 6,300 referrals in 2016 and 2017, however, only 500 came from the public, others were made by the government, police and other public bodies. The Prevent program, introduced in the wake of the July 2005 suicide bombings as the government's attempt to stop the spread of violent extremism, helped to stop about 150 people from travelling to Syria in the past year. About 55 to 60 % of the referrals were related to possible involvement with radical Islamism, another 15 % were related to right-wing extremism. Moreover, leaders of British counter terrorism policing warned last week that there has been a dramatic increase of identified threats and warned against Islamist terrorism, which is a generational problem. Nowadays, according to Prime Minister Theresa May, the fight against extremism is the government's highest priority.

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