Latest Home Office stats reveal 7 late-stage plots foiled since March 2020

The British Counterterrorism Police (CTP) and intelligence services have put an end to seven late-stage terrorist attacks since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has led senior police officials to warn the public not to not to let slip his guard during the holiday season.

This brings the total number of foiled terrorist plots since March 2017 to 32 – including 18 linked to Islamist extremism, 12 to far-right terrorism (XRWT) and two to left-wing, anarchist or single-issue terrorism (LASIT).

The warning occurs while the Quarterly publication of Home Office statistics regarding the use of powers by the police under the Terrorism Act 2000 revealed that there were a total of 188 arrests for terrorism-related activities during the year ending September 30, 2021.

Senior National Counterterrorism Policing Coordinator Assistant Deputy Commissioner Dean Haydon said: Late 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 that 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 combat terrorism, and cooperation between police and the public is vital, so we need you to be vigilant and vigilant.

“As the holiday season approaches, we need the public to help play their part in protecting the UK.

“It means trusting your gut feelings and contacting us if you see something suspicious – we receive 10,000 reports of suspected terrorist activity from the public every year and about 20% of them are useful intelligence that helps officers to understand.” stop the terrorists.

“I urge everyone to remain vigilant and to ACT by reporting it to us confidentially via gov.uk/ACT or by calling 0800 789 321. In an emergency, always dial 999.

CT experts have highlighted another worrying element in the latest arrest statistics, despite the overall total falling to one of its lowest levels in a decade – with 28 (13%) fewer arrests than the previous 12 month period – children continue to be disproportionately represented.

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 last year, 25 children have been arrested for terrorist offenses – the highest number never recorded high in a 12 month period. .

“We are very concerned that children are becoming an increasing proportion of our arrests,” added DAC Haydon.

“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. “

If you’re worried that someone you know will be radicalized, visit www.actearly.uk

For help and advice visit www.actearly.uk or call the National Preventive Policing Advice Line on 0800 011 3764, in confidence, and our specially trained Prevent agents will listen carefully to your concerns.