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Jihadi referrals to Prevent fall despite police admitting Islamist extremism is still main security threat facing UK

Jihadi referrals to Prevent fall despite police admitting Islamist extremism is still main security threat facing UK

Country: 
United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
19/12/2019
Lancastrian
Summary: 

Introduced in 2003, Prevent has attracted wide criticism for being racially prejudiced, sparking concerns this could be behind the drop in referrals. But national counter terror coordinator, Chief Superintendent Nik Adams, said the reduction is due to a growing public perception that “the Islamist threat has lessened over time”. 

Mr Adams warned members of the public to not get complacent in reporting concerns with jihadi extremism despite a drop in the number of large scale terror attacks occurring in the UK. The  last month, where Cambridge University graduates Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones were killed, “reinforces” the “enduring threat” from Islamist terrorism, Mr Adams said. 

“Within our investigations nationally, we still see significant risks from ISIS inspired terrorism. That is not going away anytime soon,” Mr Adams told the Telegraph